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Didn't We Almost Have It All

By Gerrick Kennedy
  • ISBN Code: : 1647000475
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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A candid exploration of the genius, shame, and celebrity of Whitney Houston a decade after her passing On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In the decade since, the world has mourned her death amid new revelations about her relationship to her Blackness, her sexuality, and her addictions. Didn’t We Almost Have It All is author Gerrick Kennedy’s exploration of the duality of Whitney’s life as both a woman in the spotlight and someone who often had to hide who she was. This is the story of Whitney’s life, her whole life, told with both grace and honesty. Long before that fateful day in 2012, Whitney split the world wide open with her voice. Hers was a once-in-a-generation talent forged in Newark, NJ, and blessed with the grace of the church and the wisdom of a long lineage of famous gospel singers. She redefined “The Star-Spangled Banner.” She became a box-office powerhouse, a queen of the pop charts, and an international superstar. But all the while, she was forced to rein in who she was amid constant accusations that her music wasn’t Black enough, original enough, honest enough. Kennedy deftly peels back the layers of Whitney’s complex story to get to the truth at the core of what drove her, what inspired her, and what haunted her. He pulls the narrative apart into the key elements that informed her life—growing up in the famed Drinkard family; the two romantic relationships that shaped the entirety of her adult life, with Robyn Crawford and Bobby Brown; her fraught relationship to her own Blackness and the ways in which she was judged by the Black community; her drug and alcohol addiction; and, finally, the shame that she carried in her heart, which informed every facet of her life. Drawing on hundreds of sources, Kennedy takes readers back to a world in which someone like Whitney simply could not be, and explains in excruciating detail the ways in which her fame did not and could not protect her. In the time since her passing, the world and the way we view celebrity have changed dramatically. A sweeping look at Whitney’s life, Didn’t We Almost Have It All contextualizes her struggles against the backdrop of tabloid culture, audience consumption, mental health stigmas, and racial divisions in America. It explores exactly how and why we lost a beloved icon far too soon.

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  • Pdf File: all-the-frequent-troubles-of-our-days.pdf

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The INSTANT New York Times Bestseller Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award Winner of the Chautauqua Prize Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist for the Plutarch Award A New York Times Notable Book of 2021 A New York Times BookReview Editors’ Choice A New York Times Critics' Top Pick of 2021 Wall Street Journal 10 Best Books of 2021 Time Magazine 100 Must-Read Books of 2021 Publishers Weekly Top Ten Books of 2021 An Economist Best Book of the Year A New York Post Best Book of the Year A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of the Year Oprah Daily Best New Books of August A New York Public Library Book of the Week In this “stunning literary achievement,” Donner chronicles the extraordinary life and brutal death of her great-great-aunt Mildred Harnack, the American leader of one of the largest underground resistance groups in Germany during WWII—“a page-turner story of espionage, love and betrayal” (Kai Bird, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography) Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mildred Harnack was twenty-six when she enrolled in a PhD program in Germany and witnessed the meteoric rise of the Nazi party. In 1932, she began holding secret meetings in her apartment—a small band of political activists that by 1940 had grown into the largest underground resistance group in Berlin. She recruited working-class Germans into the resistance, helped Jews escape, plotted acts of sabotage, and collaborated in writing leaflets that denounced Hitler and called for revolution. Her coconspirators circulated through Berlin under the cover of night, slipping the leaflets into mailboxes, public restrooms, phone booths. When the first shots of the Second World War were fired, she became a spy, couriering top-secret intelligence to the Allies. On the eve of her escape to Sweden, she was ambushed by the Gestapo. At a Nazi military court, a panel of five judges sentenced her to six years at a prison camp, but Hitler overruled the decision and ordered her execution. On February 16, 1943, she was strapped to a guillotine and beheaded. Historians identify Mildred Harnack as the only American in the leadership of the German resistance, yet her remarkable story has remained almost unknown until now. Harnack’s great-great-niece Rebecca Donner draws on her extensive archival research in Germany, Russia, England, and the U.S. as well as newly uncovered documents in her family archive to produce this astonishing work of narrative nonfiction. Fusing elements of biography, real-life political thriller, and scholarly detective story, Donner brilliantly interweaves letters, diary entries, notes smuggled out of a Berlin prison, survivors’ testimony, and a trove of declassified intelligence documents into a powerful, epic story, reconstructing the moral courage of an enigmatic woman nearly erased by history.

Lone Survivor

By Marcus Luttrell
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Book Code : 9780316007542
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : History
  • Members : 614
  • Pdf File: lone-survivor.pdf

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The inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg: A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan. On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive. This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers. A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow by blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich, moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare -- and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Isn't It Bromantic?

By Lyssa Kay Adams
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0593332784
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 563
  • Pdf File: isn-t-it-bromantic.pdf

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One of Buzzfeed's Best Romances of 2021 A Popsugar Best Book and Best Romance of July 2021 One of Bustle's Best New Books of July 2021 With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one. Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville. Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page. The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.

The One Device

By Brian Merchant
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Book Code : 0316546119
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 293
  • Pdf File: the-one-device.pdf

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The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world. NATIONAL BESTSELLERShortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award One of the Best Business Books of 2016 - CNBC, Bloomberg, 1-800-CEO-Read "The One Device is a tour de force, with a fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight." -Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk "A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again." -Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to "the one device," as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation. This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories." It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets. The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.

Marathon Woman

By Kathrine Switzer
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  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Book Code : 030682566X
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 373
  • Pdf File: marathon-woman.pdf

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In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run what was then the all male Boston Marathon, infuriating one of the event's directors who attempted to violently eject her. In what would become an iconic sports image, Switzer escaped and finished the race. This was a watershed moment for the sport, as well as a significant event in women's history. Including updates from the 2008 Summer Olympics, the paperback edition of Marathon Woman details the life of an incredible, pioneering athlete, and the lasting effect she's had on women's sports. Switzer's energy and drive permeate the pages of this warm, witty memoir as she describes everything from the childhood events that inspired her to succeed to her big win in the 1974 New York City Marathon, and beyond.

Guitar Chord Songbook White Pages

By Hal Leonard Corp.
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  • Publisher : Hal Leonard
  • Book Code : 1476818193
  • Total of Pages : 1024
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 745
  • Pdf File: guitar-chord-songbook-white-pages.pdf

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(Guitar Chord Songbook). This fantastic collection features lyrics, chord symbols, and guitar chord diagrams for 400 hits across decades and genres, such as: All Along the Watchtower * Back to December * Band on the Run * Bennie and the Jets * Brick House * California Girls * Couldn't Stand the Weather * Daydream * Evil Woman * Footloose * The Gambler * Good Lovin' * Hey Jude * Hollywood Nights * I Love Rock 'N Roll * Jump * King of the Road * Livin' on a Prayer * Man in the Mirror * Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da * The Rainbow Connection * Smoke on the Water * That'll Be the Day * Walkin' After Midnight * Wild Thing * Your Mama Don't Dance * and many more.

Simple Love Poetry

By Yuna Angell
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  • Publisher : BookRix
  • Book Code : 3736890567
  • Total of Pages : 10
  • Category : Poetry
  • Members : 500
  • Pdf File: simple-love-poetry.pdf

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Simple Love Poetry is an effort by self published author and poet Yuna Angell, which was inspired by daily radio love songs, to showcase the prose she wrote in her free time. She endeavors to write prose pieces like lyrics to songs. This free ebook version is self published by Angell Sacred Wisdom through Bookrix.com. You can reach Yuna by going to her Facebook Author Page at facebook.com/yunaangellauthor

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 006249855X
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 116
  • Pdf File: the-hate-u-give.pdf

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8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best · William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller! "Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds "Stunning." —John Green "This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review) "Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review) "A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review) Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Want more of Garden Heights? Catch Maverick and Seven’s story in Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas's powerful prequel to The Hate U Give.

Doing Our Own Thing

By John McWhorter
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0593330544
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 795
  • Pdf File: doing-our-own-thing.pdf

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“McWhorter is a gifted young linguist who seeks to understand the change in our verbal habits rather than just bemoan it, and his analysis is insightful, richly documented and, yes, eloquently written.”—Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and The Language Instinct In Doing Our Own Thing, critically acclaimed linguist and cultural critic John McWhorter traces the precipitous decline of language in contemporary America, arguing persuasively that casual everyday speech has conquered the formal in all arenas, from oratory to poetry to everyday journalism—and has even had dire consequences for our musical culture. McWhorter argues that the swift and startling change in written and oral communication emanated from the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and its ideology that established forms and formality were autocratic and artificial. While acknowledging that the evolution of language is, in and of itself, inevitable and often benign, he warns that the near-total loss of formal expression in America is unprecedented in modern history and has reached a crisis point in our culture such that our very ability to convey ideas and arguments effectively is gravely threatened. By turns compelling and harrowing, passionate and judicious, Doing Our Own Thing is required reading for all concerned about the state of our language—and the future of intellectual life in America.

Blue Ribbon Series Book Ii

By C Succes Davis
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1463432313
  • Total of Pages : 178
  • Category : Poetry
  • Members : 991
  • Pdf File: blue-ribbon-series-book-ii.pdf

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This book of poetry along with the rest will enlighten you, the reader, over and over again. The many styles of poems will tailor its way to fit one and all. As difficult as it is for authors to please one and all, I've found a way. For the most part, I've been a people person all my life so giving it up wasn't a hard task. Enjoy all three books and share your favorites with others and the ones you love.

Midnight Dreams

By Kayla Perrin
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  • Publisher : Kimani Press
  • Book Code : 1426808402
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 970
  • Pdf File: midnight-dreams.pdf

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Midnight Passion Forced to wait tables after her husband stole money from their successful Manhattan hair salon and left her for another woman, Jade Alexander made two resolutions for the New Year—reopen her business someday and never trust another man again with her heart. But when she attends her friend's New Year's Eve party, she meets her old flame, Terrell Edmonds. As the clock strikes midnight, Jade can feel her resolve weakening—and her desire kindling— under his piercing gaze. Midnight Wishes Six years ago, Terrell Edmonds lost Jade—the only woman he believes was "the one" for him—by letting her marry the wrong man. Determined not to lose her again, Terrell sets out to convince Jade that love can be sweeter the second time around—and together, they can make all of their wishes for the New Year come true...

How to Save a Life

By Lynette Rice
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 1250272017
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 713
  • Pdf File: how-to-save-a-life.pdf

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The first inside story of one of TV's most popular and beloved dramas, Grey's Anatomy. More than fifteen years after its premiere, Grey’s Anatomy remains one of the most beloved dramas on television and ABC's most important property. It typically wins its time slot and has ranked in the Top 20 most-watched shows in primetime for most of its seventeen-season run. It currently averages more than eight million viewers each week. Beyond that, it’s been a cultural touchstone. It introduced the unique voice and vision of Shonda Rhimes; it made Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh and T.R. Knight household names; and injected words and phrases into the cultural lexicon, such as “McDreamy,” "seriously," and “you’re my person.” And the behind-the-scenes drama has always been just as juicy as what was happening in front of the camera, from the controversial departure of Isaiah Washington to Katherine Heigl’s fall from grace and Patrick Dempsey's shocking death episode. The show continued to hemorrhage key players, but the beloved hospital series never skipped a beat. Lynette Rice's How to Save A Life takes a totally unauthorized deep dive into the show’s humble start, while offering exclusive intel on the behind-the-scenes culture, the most heartbreaking departures and the more polarizing plotlines. This exhaustively enthusiastic book is one that no Grey’s Anatomy fan should be without.

Summer Sisters

By Judy Blume
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  • Publisher : Delta
  • Book Code : 0307575241
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 166
  • Pdf File: summer-sisters.pdf

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, an enchanting place where the two friends become “summer sisters.” Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin begs Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go—because she wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart. Praise for Summer Sisters “Compulsively readable . . . [Blume’s] powers are prodigious.”—The New York Times Book Review “As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing ‘How Sweet It Is.’ You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was.”—Chicago Tribune “An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying . . . sometimes at the same time . . . Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters.”—The Denver Post “Blume’s characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside. . . . She catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends.”—The Seattle Times

Whitney Houston: Recording Artist & Actress

By Christine Heppermann
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  • Publisher : ABDO
  • Book Code : 1614789746
  • Total of Pages : 112
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 397
  • Pdf File: whitney-houston.pdf

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This informative title highlights the life of Whitney Houston. Readers will learn about Houston's childhood in Newark, New Jersey including her strong family life and her beginnings as a singer at New Hope Baptist Church. Houston's musical work is discussed from her days as a backup singer for Chaka Kahn, Jermaine Jackson and the Neville Brothers and her collaboration with cousin Dionne Warwick and aunt Aretha Franklin through her superstardom as a solo act with the hits Saving All My Love For You, How Will I know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and her soundtrack to The Bodyguard featuring Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. Houston's courtship with Bobby Brown is included, as is their marriage and the birth of their daughter Bobbi Kristina and their eventual and divorce. Houston's descent into drug addiction is included, leading to her death at age 48 while in the mist of a reemerging career. This book includes details of Houston's life and covers the controversies surrounding her life and death. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Maddy Can't Go Back to Mudley

By Janet Butler Male
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  • Publisher : Janet Male
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 766
  • Pdf File: maddy-can-t-go-back-to-mudley.pdf

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Maddy is desperate to escape dreary English seaside-town, Mudley... ...With a forced smile, she helps her widowed dad in his World-War-Two themed cafe. She likes the elderly, eccentric clients but longs for the bright lights, big city... And a hunky man, slim of waist, fat of wallet. When her dad weds a busty barmaid, Maddy catches a fast train to London Will the streets be paved with handsome, rich bachelors? Or are Maddy's dreams as airy as candy floss? Whatever happens, she can't go back to Mudley. ***** A fast-paced 1980s rom-com novelette Please kindly note -- this book was originally titled I Can't Go Back to Maplethorpe.