Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city's great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.
In the summer of 1883 Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived in London claiming to have discovered the world's oldest Bible scroll. Written centuries earlier in the barren plains east of the Dead Sea and stashed away in caves, the mysterious scrolls called into question the divine authorship of the scriptures, taking three thousand years of religious faith and turning them upside down. Before the British Museum could acquire them Shapira's nemesis, French archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau, denounced the find as a fraud. Six months later Shapira was dead; the scrolls vanished. Tigay set out to find the scrolls and determine Shapira's guilt or innocence for himself.
Grief is not an illness to get over but an individual and ongoing journey. The vital bonds that we form with those we love in life continue long after death--in very different ways. Grief Is a Journey is the first book to overturn the prevailing, often judgmental, ideas about grief, and replace them with a hopeful, inclusive, personalized, and research-backed approach. New science and studies behind Dr. Doka's teaching upend the dominant but incorrect view that grief proceeds by stages.
Using evidence from neuroscience and his work with leaders, Dr. Henry Cloud shows that the best performers draw on a vital resource: personal and professional relationships that fuel growth and help them surpass current limits. Popular wisdom suggests that we should not allow others to have power over us, but the reality is that they do, for better or for worse. Consider the boss who diminishes you through cutting remarks versus one who challenges you to get better. Or the colleague who always seeks the limelight versus the one who gives you the confidence to finish a difficult project. No matter how talented, intelligent, or experienced, the greatest leaders share one commonality: the power of the others in their lives. You can choose what kind of relationships you want.
Nature-deficit disorder: the alienation of children from the natural world. Louv provides a one-of-a-kind practical guidebook with tips not only for parents eager to share nature with their kids but also for those seeking nature-smart schools, medical professionals, and even careers. He reminds us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as exhilarating as it is essential, at any age.
Author and pastor Mark Batterson unpacks Romans 8, reminding readers that God is for them--all the time, in every way imaginable--and inspiring them to turn their If only regrets into What if possibilities.
Does your home sometimes feel like just a place to eat, sleep, and change clothes on the way to the next activity? Do you long for 'home' to mean more than a place where you stash your stuff? Wouldn't you love it to become a haven of warmth, rest, and joy, the one place where you and your family can't wait to be? In this unique book designed to help your family enjoy and celebrate every month of the year together, you'll discover the secrets of a life-giving home from a mother who created one and her daughter who was raised in one.
After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma--a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer--journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own--with very different results. Williams's experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science--and the healing power of human connection.
A history of America as reflected by the nation's lighthouses combines maritime lore with original details to trace coastal political, military, and technological expansions, citing the roles of key contributors.
Critics of the princess dream claim it sets little girls up to be weak and submissive, and allows grown women to indulge in fantasies of rescue rather than hard work and self-reliance. Jerramy Fine seeks to defend the princess dream. Feminine doesn't mean weak, pink doesn't mean inferior, and girliness is not incompatible with ambition. Princesses have always been about power, not passivity, and those who love them can still be confident, intelligent women.
Founded by Benjamin Franklin, USPS was the information network that bound far-flung Americans together, fostered a common culture, and helped American business to prosper. A first class stamp remains one of the greatest bargains of all time, and yet, the USPS is slowly vanishing.This is a multifaceted history, full of remarkable characters, from the stamp-collecting FDR, to the revolutionaries who challenged USPS’s monopoly on mail, to the renegade union members who brought the system--and the country--to a halt in the 1970s. An exciting and engrossing read, this is the first major history of the USPS in over fifty years.
Being a public figure is no walk in the park - the world focuses on every move that politicians make and highlights their every mistake. "Image collapse" can befall anyone whose carefully cultivated persona is pitted against intermediaries in the broadcast booths of cable news networks or behind the photo desks of newspapers, magazines, and today's host of digital platforms. As a world-traveling "advance man," an operative who orchestrates TV- and photo-ready moments involving important political figures, Josh King has unique experience working with the reputations of officeholders, candidates and other public figures. In Off Script, King leads readers through an entertaining and illuminating journey through the Hall of Infamy of some of the most catastrophic examples of political theater of the last quarter century.
Raised an aristocrat in Colombia and educated in European schools, Pilar transfixes everyone with her charm and her guile. She also falls for dangerous men and finds herself drawn into the highest levels of the cocaine trade. After two failed marriages and a harrowing escape from the drug life, she settles down to a quiet existence in Florida with her children--until her second husband tries to cut short his prison term by giving her name over to members of a new task force being formed by the DEA. They induce Pilar, now a middle-aged woman, to infiltrate the Cali cartel as the head of a vast money laundering sting. Named "Operation Princess," the scheme leads to the seizure of tens of millions of dollars, along with some $500 million worth of cocaine and the exposure of hundreds of high-level traffickers, becoming one of the most daring and successful stings in DEA history. But Pilar plays her part too well. Her success as a money launderer gets her kidnapped and then ransomed by a band of guerrillas in South America--and the US government refuses to negotiate. It's left to her low-level handlers in the DEA to get her back, before it's too late and her kidnappers discover they have a federal agent in their clutches. Snatched is the electric tale, by the New York Times bestselling author of Blow, Bruce Porter, that tells the true story of a woman caught between two worlds, with her life dangling in the balance.
John Hay, famous as Lincoln's private secretary and later as secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous for being 'Mark Twain,' grew up fifty miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the same rural antebellum stew of race and class and want. This shared history helped draw them together when they first met as up-and-coming young men in the late 1860s, and their mutual admiration never waned in spite of sharp differences in personality, in worldview, and in public conduct. In The Statesman and the Storyteller, the last decade of their lives plays out against the tumultuous events of the day, as the United States government begins to aggressively pursue a policy of imperialism, overthrowing the duly elected queen of Hawaii; violently wresting Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines away from Spain, and then from the islands' inhabitants; and finally encouraging and supporting a revolution to clear a path for the building of the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal. Rich in detail.
While the Moon was once thought to hold the key to space exploration, in recent decades, the U.S. has largely turned its sights toward Mars and other celestial bodies instead. In The Value of the Moon, lunar scientist Paul Spudis argues that the U.S. can and should return to the moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and development and a participant in and beneficiary of a new lunar economy. Spudis explores three reasons for returning to the Moon: it is close, it is interesting, and it is useful. The proximity of the Moon not only allows for frequent launches, but also control of any machinery we place there. It is interesting because recorded deep on its surface and in its craters is the preserved history of the moon, the sun, and indeed the entire galaxy. And finally, the moon is useful because it is rich with materials and energy. The moon, Spudis argues, is a logical base for further space exploration and even a possible future home for us all. Throughout his work, Spudis incorporates details about man's fascination with the moon and its place in our shared history. He also explores its religious, cultural, and scientific resonance and assesses its role in the future of spaceflight and our national security and prosperity.
The little-known story of the architectural project that lay at the heart of Paine's grand political vision for the United States. Thomas Jefferson praised Tom Paine as the greatest political writer of the age. The author of 'Common Sense' and Rights of Man, Paine helped make revolutions in America and France. But beyond his inspiring calls to action, Paine harbored a deeper political vision for his adopted country. It was embodied in an architectural project that he spent decades planning: an iron bridge to span the Schuylkill River at Philadelphia. The bridge was Paine's answer to the political puzzle of the new nation: how to sustain a republic as large and geographically fragmented as the United States.
Since her first appearance on March 9, 1959, Barbie is and has been a trendsetter, global icon, and pop culture mainstay--for more than fifty years. Barbie has captured the imaginations of people across the globe. She has broken cultural, social, and linguistic barriers, all while showcasing a fashion sense. Barbie has had close to 150 careers, represented over 40 different nationalities, and collaborated with more than 75 different fashion designers. She serves as an idol to many, and is an inspiration to people all around the world.
Australian-born chef Chris Honor opened his London cafe Chriskitch in 2013. Chriskitch is a small local restaurant with small-scale cooking. His recipes for great salads, sweet and savory bakes, soups and sharing plates are highly original, but simple to create at home. With American food writer Laura Washburn Hutton, he shares 100 of his most memorable recipes.
Don't toss those leftovers or pitch your beet greens. Eat it up! Sherri Brooks Vinton helps you make the most of out the food you bring home. These 150 delicious recipes mine the treasure in your kitchen--the fronds from your carrots, leaves from your cauliflower, bones from Sunday's roast, even the last lick of jam in the jar are put to good, tasty use.
This book reinvents how we cook with grains. Pittman offers recipes that have us popping and crisping them for texture, creaming them for soups, and using them in sublime, miraculously guilt-free desserts. Everyday Whole Grains covers the essentials on each grain and features 175 flavorful dishes from savory breakfasts, stews, and casseroles, to foolproof pizzas and breads.
A step-by-step guide for jams, jellies, pickles and condiments. The editors at America's Test Kitchen have obsessively tested the recipes, demystified the processes, explained the science-- and help you get great results every time.
Author and TODAY show nutrition expert Joy Bauer revamps your favorite indulgent recipes to allow you to enjoy both delicious food and good health, using simple tricks that cut calories, fat, sugar, and sodium.
Start off small with Shaker pegboard shleves and stair-step planter boxes and work your way up to creating a complete chaise sectional and rolling coffee table. With minimal investment, standard tools, and readily available materials from your local lumberyard, create 20 one-of-a-kind projects.
Combine convenience with creativity--and get delicious results! Make breads, cakes, risotto, tamales, falafel, Asian favorites, salads--and so much more--in your slow cooker with these modern, innovative recipes.
On April 12, 1981, NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral: a state-of-the-art flying machine, and the world's first real spaceship: a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, and capable of flying to space and back before preparing to fly again. Less than an hour after departure tiles designed to protect the ship from the blowtorch burn of re-entry were missing from the heat shield. White recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the Columbia, her daring maiden flight, and her life and death struggle to return.
If you can eat it, you can cook it on the grill -- and the editors at America's Test Kitchen show you how to make it better. From basic burgers to lamb rib chops, from portobello burgers to grilled fruit, you'll find a recipe that will have you firing up your grill and testing their techniques for yourself.
From the elite protectors of the Popes and Defenders of the Faith for more than five hundred years comes a unique collection of recipes--the classics served at Vatican tables for centuries, the finest of modern Roman cuisine, and the personal favorite dishes of the last three popes from Argentina, Bavaria, and Poland. Behind-the-scenes photographs highlight the secret and special places of Vatican City, along with stories and legends of the Swiss Guard.
Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the history and social impact of the cuisine that Yiddish-speaking Jews from Central and Eastern Europe brought to the U.S. and that their American descendants developed and refined. The book looks at how and where these dishes came to be, how they varied from region to region, the role they played in Jewish culture in Europe, and the role that they play in Jewish and more general American culture and foodways today. Rhapsody in Schmaltz is a journey into the sociology, humor, history, and traditions of food and Judaism.
You don't have to spend a lot of money or undergo painful or risky procedures to turn back the clock and fight aging. This is good news for readers who want to look younger and enjoy firmer, wrinkle-free skin.
When administered at the right time, estrogen therapy can lead to substantial improvements in a woman's quality of life. Yet, for more than a decade, women have been told about many worrisome side effects of hormone replacement therapy, including an increased risk of cancer, blood clots, and heart disease. In The Estrogen Window, Dr. Mache Seibel shows that not taking estrogen at the right time following menopause actually increases the risk of suffering one of those events. Falling estrogen levels also increase a woman's risk for heart disease and Alzheimer's, as well as osteoporosis. Dr. Seibel presents groundbreaking research that proves how every woman has an "estrogen window," an ideal time to begin estrogen replacement, which can minimize menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fractured sleep, brain fog, irritability, and weight gain. Not only can women safely take estrogen during this window, but also taking the hormone this way provides a wide range of health benefits that guarantee women increased protection from the very conditions they have been led to fear most.
In the era of questionable Internet "facts" and parental oversharing, it's more important than ever to find credible information on everything from prenatal vitamins to screen time. The Informed Parent was written for readers who prefer facts to "friendly advice," and who prefer to make up their own minds, based on the latest findings as well as their own personal preferences. Science writers and parents themselves, authors Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham have sifted through thousands of research studies on dozens of essential topics and distill them in this essential and engaging book.
With the approach of the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane in May 2016, Harlan Lebo has written the story of Orson Welles' masterpiece film. Using previously unpublished materials, interviews with the last surviving members of the cast and crew, and what may be the only surviving copy of the "lost" final script of the film, Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey recounts the making of this famous film and Hollywood history.
Bawden and Miller present a collection of rare interviews with the great celebrities of Hollywood's golden age. Conducted over the course of more than fifty years, they recount intimate conversations with some of the most famous leading men and women of the era. Each interview takes readers behind the scenes with some of cinema's most iconic stars, as the actors convey their stories.
The father of the Kentucky Derby called him "the greatest all-around Thoroughbred in American racing history." Sportswriter Grantland Rice simply called him "the greatest racehorse." Now Eliza McGraw tells the story of how a gangling, long-shot Kentucky Derby winner named Exterminator became one of the most beloved racehorses of all time. Caught between his hotheaded millionaire owner and his knowledgeable trainer, Exterminator captured fans' affection with his personality, consistency, athleticism, and heart. Exterminator's staggering success would dramatically change the world of horse-racing. He challenged the notion that American horses would never live up to Europe's meticulously charted bloodlines and became a patriotic icon of the country after World War I. And his longevity established him as one of the public's most beloved athletes, paving the way for equine celebrities like Seabiscuit and showing Americans they could claim--and love--a famous racehorse as their own.
This guide to essential knitting techniques from knitter Debbie Bliss is set to become the staple how-to book for new and experienced knitters alike. Starting with the most basic but essential information on knitting equipment, holding the needles, and how to cast on, Debbie shares her lifetime of core techniques and time-saving tips, including shaping by changing needle size and how to avoid a jog when knitting in the round. The Knitter's Book of Knowledge is the only knitting reference book you will ever need.
A former child star herself on the show Family Affair, Garver profiles other legends of classic television. She and Ascher have compiled information and trivia about the child stars, their series, and the times that defined their shows. Spanning forty years of television history, you'll find success stories, tragedies, and even some happy endings.
For anyone who has ever been inspired by a TED talk, this is an insider's guide to creating talks that are unforgettable. This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. Anderson shares insights from TED talk favorites on everything from how to craft your talk's content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is the 21st-century's new manual for truly effective communication and it is for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.
In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new ethos of common citizenship. Five years later, their utopian aspirations have taken on a darker cast as old divides reemerge and deepen. In one country after another, brutal terrorists and dictators have risen to the top. A Rage for Order captures the psychic and actual civil wars raging throughout the Middle East, and explains how the dream of an Arab renaissance gave way to a new age of discord.
In 1976, America's bicentennial, 24 young men set out to re-create French explorer La Salle's voyage down the entire length of the Mississippi River, abandoning their modern identities in order to live like the voyageurs of the 1600s.
One of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II: the U-boat assault off the American coast against the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine who were supplying the European war, and one community's monumental contribution to that effort.
Barbra Streisand has scaled the heights of entertainment--from a popular vocalist to a Broadway star to an actress to a producer and director. She has also become a cultural icon, transcending show business. To be a success, she had to overcome tremendous odds, including her Jewishness. Dismissed and insulted for acting and looking too Jewish, she converted her Jewishness into a metaphor for outsiderness, making her an avenger for the marginalized and powerless. Gabler examines Streisand's otherness--a Jew in a gentile world, a self-proclaimed homely girl in a world of glamour, a kooky girl in a world of convention--and shows how central it was to Streisand's triumph as one of the voices of her age.
She inspired songs. She co-wrote songs. She sang backup before finding fame as a solo artist. Following her from Lafayette, Tennessee, to her becoming one of the most sought-after rock vocalists in Los Angeles in the 1970's, Delta Lady chronicles Rita Coolidge's journey through the '60's and '70's pop-rock universe.
Kao Kalia Yang retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American's Secret War. Bee lost his father as a young boy and would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other, whispering the words to himself at night until, one day, a song was born. Bee sings the life of his people through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold of Minneapolis with the death of Bee's mother. Before they do, Bee, with his poetry, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine. The Song Poet is a love story--of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.
A former female Marine platoon leader recalls the wars she has fought--on the playing field, the battlefield, and inside her own soul--revealing how overcoming the circumstances in her life helped her redefine what it means to be strong and what "perfect" really is. Theresa Larson has lived multiple lives: at ten she was a caregiver to her dying mother; as an adolescent, an All-Star high school, college, and professional softball player; as a young adult, a fitness competition winner, beauty pageant contestant, and model; as a grown woman, a Lieutenant in the Marines in Iraq. Meanwhile, Theresa was battling bulimia nervosa, an internal struggle which ultimately cut short her military service. Her journey to wellness required the bravery to ask for help, to take care of herself first, and abandon the idea of "perfect."