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Grandma Gatewood's Walk
Grandma Gatewood's Walk By Ben Montgomery

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail.  Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood’s own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: Why did she do it? The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don’t know the full story—a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering. Read More...
It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll
It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll By Jenny Boyd, By Holly George-Warren

In this exciting, original, and inspiring book, 75 of the world's most iconic musicians reveal, many for the first time, their thoughts on creating music. Psychologist Jenny Boyd has probed the minds and souls of these artists and has delved into the drive to create, the importance of nurturing creativity, the role of unconscious influences, and the effects of chemicals and drugs on the creative process. Music legends who contributed exclusive interviews include Rosanne Cash, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Mick Fleetwood, George Harrison, John Lee Hooker, Branford Marsalis, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, Ice-T, and Warren Zevon. With candid photographs and in-depth analysis of what makes great musicians tick, this will be of interest to any musician or music fan. Read More...
How Baseball Explains America
How Baseball Explains America By Hal Bodley, Foreword by George Will

Longtime USA TODAY baseball editor and columnist Hal Bodley explores just how essential baseball is to understanding the American experience. He takes readers into the Oval Office with George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as the former presidents share their thoughts on the game, he looks at the changes that America's Greatest Generation ushered in, as well as examining baseball's struggle with performance enhancing drugs alongside America's war on drugs. An unabashedly celebratory explanation of America's love affair with baseball and the men who make it possible, this work sheds light on topics such as the role Jackie Robinson's signing with the Dodgers played in the civil rights movement, labor strife, baseball families, the international explosion of the game, and even the myriad ways in which movies, music, and baseball are intrinsically tied. A must read for anyone interested in more fully understanding not only the game but also the nation in which it thrives. Read More...
Wonder Woman Unbound
Wonder Woman Unbound By Tim Hanley

This close look at Wonder Woman’s history portrays a complicated heroine who is more than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets. The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s. At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world. Ms. magazine and Lynda Carter restored Wonder Woman’s feminist strength in the 1970s, turning her into a powerful symbol as her checkered past was quickly forgotten. Exploring this lost history adds new dimensions to the world’s most beloved female character, and Wonder Woman Unbound delves into her comic book and its spin-offs as well as the myriad motivations of her creators to showcase the peculiar journey that led to Wonder Woman’s iconic status. Read More...
Lost in Thought
Lost in Thought By Cara Bertrand

Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too.  Perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril, Lost in Thought is a sure winner for young adult readers interested in the paranormal, romance, and action-packed twists. Read More...
The People Wish to See Jesus
The People Wish to See Jesus By Pope Francis

Written with gratitude for all educators, Pope Francis offers deep understanding and challenge in these powerful reflections for successful catechesis, teaching, and education. The writings express how education requires the development of profound empathy and an active spirituality, as well as clear understanding of its humanizing force and the dignity of the human person. The included texts have been chosen for this volume of the Pope Francis Resource Library from the treasure chest of talks by then Archbishop Bergoglio to the catechists of Buenos Aires. Read More...
Open Mind, Faithful Heart
Open Mind, Faithful Heart By Pope Francis, By Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Edited by Gustavo Larrázabal, Translated by Joseph Owens

Pope Francis connects with people, especially the young, the forgotten, and the forlorn. The cameras show him in Rome, in Brazil, in Lampedusa reaching out to the crowds, holding infants, embracing the disabled. What is the source of his energy, and his spiritual vitality? This book is perhaps the best introduction to what makes the Pope the engaging pastor he is. The spiritual foundation for much of what Pope Francis has surprised the world with since his election is found in these texts which their author wished to gather just before expecting to retire—but then being called to Rome instead. Open Mind, Faithful Heart offers an irreplaceable window into the heart and soul of the pope who is changing how the world sees the Church. Read More...
My Very First Easter Playtime
My Very First Easter Playtime By Lois Rock, Illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

This fun activity book includes on-the-page puzzles, games, and stories, with a page of stickers for completing the activities. Using Easter symbols and spring time animals including bunnies, birds, bees, butterflies, chicks, eggs, flowers, and lambs, together the activities help to explore the reason for the season, touching on the Easter-time themes of spring and new life. Activities include matching pairs and shapes, spot the difference, and counting, as well as a simple board game to play and a story and poem to read. Read More...
Fore!
Fore! By John Hopkins

For more than 35 years, John "Hoppy" Hopkins covered the biggest stories in golf, from Major Championships to Ryder Cups and Amateur competitions. Collected together here for the first time are the very best of his articles, covering a diverse range of golfing stories, from the most memorable of the 120 major championships he covered to his writing on amateur tournaments including the Walker Cup and the Presidents' Putter, as well as profiles and interviews of the finest players to grace the sport. The articles are arranged month by month, giving a unique perspective on the golfing calendar, the changing seasons, and stories throughout the golfing year. Perfect reading for John's many fans, and a fascinating portrait of the game's recent history, this is the ideal gift for any golf fanatic. Read More...
The Power of Positive Drinking
The Power of Positive Drinking By Cleo Rocos

This is not a guide on how to get drunk, but rather a guide to drinking well and thoroughly enjoying yourself. Drinking has a bad reputation in some quarters, but that's largely because we don’t drink properly, as we have not yet been initiated in the art of drinking well. Most of us know plenty about healthy eating, but next to nothing about healthy drinking. This book is a master class on how to imbibe successfully, on how to reach that delicious level of intoxication where you and your fellow drinkers blossom into the favorite version of yourselves, and stay there.Read More...
Easter
Easter By Catherine Chambers

Chocolate eggs, a solemn cross, and spring flowers are all things that remind us of Easter. But what do these symbols mean? How are they related? This book shares the secrets of Easter and includes chapters such as "Born Again," "Good Friday," "Spring is Here at Last," and "Easter Feasts." Learn about the secrets of Easter in this enthralling religious guide book. Read More...
Songs of Praise: A Lent and Easter Companion
Songs of Praise: A Lent and Easter Companion By Andrew Barr

In this text Andrew Barr, producer of the BBC's Songs of Praise for many years, draws on bible passages, poems, prayers, hymns, and inspirational stories from the program. The text is divided into Easter-related themes such as forgiveness, suffering, death, transformation, and joy. Read More...
Pedestrianism
Pedestrianism By Matthew Algeo

Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America’s most popular spectator sport wasn’t baseball, boxing, or horseracing—it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonstop for six straight days (never on Sunday), risking their health and sanity to see who could walk the farthest—500 miles, then 520 miles, and 565 miles! This long-forgotten sport, known as pedestrianism, spawned America’s first celebrity athletes and opened doors for immigrants, African Americans, and women. The top pedestrians earned a fortune in prize money and endorsement deals. But along with the excitement came the inevitable scandals, charges of doping—coca leaves!—and insider gambling. Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport chronicles competitive walking’s peculiar appeal and popularity, its rapid demise, and its enduring influence, and how pedestrianism marked the beginning of modern spectator sports in the United States. Read More...
Soccer Girl Cassie's Story: Teamwork Is the Goal
Soccer Girl Cassie's Story: Teamwork Is the Goal By Kara Douglass Thom, Illustrated by Pamela Seatter, Created by Jodi Norgaard

The books and dolls in the series encourage all children to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals—and have fun while doing so. When Cassie’s best friend Anna introduces her to soccer, it’s only a matter of time before Cassie loves the sport as much as her friend does. Cassie wants to play with Anna, but they’re assigned to different teams. What will happen when their two teams compete? Children find out who wins the big game as they learn fun facts about soccer in this entertaining story. This set includes the 680 Lexile story Soccer Girl Cassie's Story: Teamwork Is the Goal as well as a Cassie doll so that, after reading about her athletic exploits, kids can take her out to play. Read More...
Don't Cook the Planet
Don't Cook the Planet By Emily Abrams, Foreword by Robert Kennedy Jr.

Choosing meals prepared with fresh, natural ingredients isn't just healthy, it's good for the earth. The author, 18-year-old activist Emily Abrams, and an all-star collection of chefs and ecoactivists share more than 70 delicious recipes as well as tips on how to minimize your carbon footprint. Each contributor—including Stephanie Izard, Top Chef star and executive chef at Girl & the Goat; Chevy Chase; MasterChef judge and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot; and many others—provides easy, everyday ideas that will save you money and stock your kitchen with fresh, delicious foods while preserving the planet for generations to come. Read More...
Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan By Rob Goldman, Foreword by Reid Ryan

To any baseball fan, Nolan Ryan’s name still conjures up images of blistering 100-mile-per-hour fastballs and knee-buckling curveballs. During his 27-year career, “The Ryan Express” was named an eight-time All-Star and amassed seven no-hitters and more than 5,700 strikeouts—more than any other pitcher in major-league history. This comprehensive biography of Nolan Ryan follows the baseball legend’s journey from the start of his professional career in 1965 to his retirement in 1993. Hall of Famers, journeymen, clubhouse workers, coaches, and trainers offer their own unique take on Ryan in this book filled with never-before-told anecdotes and personal recollections and peppered with eyewitness accounts of his greatest games. In the pages of this history, readers will discover what made Nolan Ryan one of the most revered and respected athletes and citizens of his time. Read More...
Agatha Parrot and the Zombie Bird
Agatha Parrot and the Zombie Bird By Kjartan Poskitt, Illustrated by David Tazzyman

We had a battle of magic at Odd Street School! A magician came to do a show and he tried to hatch a scary Zombie Bird out of a silver egg. Eeky-freak! But thanks to Bianca's trombone, a secret trapdoor, and Martha being invisible, the Zombie Bird turned out to be the funniest thing ever ha ha! If you'e scared of magic like our friend Ellie, don't worry. This book won't turn you into a frog. Or a rabbit!  The third book adventure of the irreverently quirky Agatha Parrot. Kids will especially love the secret to a magic trick at the end of the book. Read More...
Earthrise
Earthrise By Edgar Mitchell, By Ellen Mahoney, Foreword by Brian Cox

In Earthrise, Edgar recalls his spectacular trip to the Moon and the life experiences that got him there, including his early days spent in Roswell, New Mexico, amid nuclear testing and the rumored UFO crash; his first solo airplane flight as a young teen; his time as a navy combat pilot; and becoming a NASA astronaut. With fascinating detail, Edgar describes what it was like to launch into space and land on the Moon, illuminating everything from the practical—eating, sleeping, and going to the bathroom in space—to the mystical, life-changing experience of gazing at Earth from afar. With illuminating sidebars, transcripts of NASA recordings from the historic Apollo 14 mission, and extensive resources including lists of space-related websites, museums, organizations, films, and books, Earthrise is an invaluable addition to any space, astronomy, or science buff’s bookshelf. Read More...
Minecrafter 2.0 Advanced
Minecrafter 2.0 Advanced By Triumph Books

One of the most popular video games of all time, Minecraft has become a global craze thanks to nearly 40 million registered users worldwide across all platforms. In Minecrafter 2.0 Advanced, those who mastered the basics laid out in the first Minecrafter strategy guide now find tips on more complex areas of game play, including Redstone circuitry and other inventions, and advice for beating "The End." This must-have guide for even the most advanced of experts includes the game's latest innovations and features 100 color images. Read More...
The Broken Wheel
The Broken Wheel By David Wingrove

The seventh installment in a masterpiece of a series, perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin and Frank Herbert.  The year is 2207 and Chung Kuo's perfect stasis is falling apart. The Seven's dominance is threatened by a series of terrorist attacks as the War of Two Directions intensifies. Howard DeVore, the Seven's greatest enemy, is masterminding the atrocities—but how can they hunt down a man who seems to be invulnerable? Kim Ward, the Clay-born scientific genius, is attacked by a group of deadly assassins bent on destroying his work. And a group of rich young American rebels intend to create change—at any price. Read More...
Good Medicine
Good Medicine By Patrick Holford

Perfect for anyone who values a natural approach to health, this practical book covers the top 70 most common health problems and offers simple things one can do to prevent or reverse each condition. The solutions all tried and tested and have been proven to work, both in clinical research and in practice. For each condition the book offers five or six good medicine solutions, explains how each solution works, and discusses the best and worst foods and the most appropriate supplements. It also provides revealing case studies and general advice on the habits that help people stay healthy, from reducing one's stress level to improving diet, and it explains how to monitor which changes make the biggest difference. Covering everything from everyday ailments such as the common cold to more serious illnesses, this comprehensive book is the perfect guide to natural approaches to health. Read More...
Detroit
Detroit By Scott Martelle

This vibrant commercial hub attracted businessmen and labor organizers, European immigrants and African Americans from the rural South. At its mid-20th-century heyday, one in six American jobs were connected to the auto industry, its epicenter in Detroit. And then the bottom fell out. Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America’s great cities, and one of the nation’s greatest urban failures. It tells how the city grew to become the heart of American industry and how its utter collapse—from 1.8 million residents in 1950 to 714,000 only six decades later—resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions, and deep, thick seams of racism. And it raises the question: when we look at modern-day Detroit, are we looking at the ghost of America’s industrial past or its future? Read More...
A World of Her Own
A World of Her Own By Michael Elsohn Ross

A World of Her Own tells the stories of 24 brave women from different cultures, epochs, and economic backgrounds who have shared similar missions: to meet the physical and mental challenges of exploring the natural world, to protect the environment and native cultures, and to leave a mark in the name of discovery.  These and other engaging profiles, based on both historical research and firsthand interviews, stress how childhood passions and interests, perseverance, and courage led these women to overcome challenges and break barriers to achieve great success in their adventurous pursuits and careers. A bibliography and annotated list of exploration resources and organizations make this an invaluable resource for young explorers, parents, and teachers alike. Read More...
Insight
Insight By Terron James

More than a thousand years ago, the king of Appernysia banished the Rayders to the Exile. The Beholders, men with the ability to see and harness the world’s energy, were slaughtered, and the Second Age began without magic. Now, ruthless Rayder scouts are searching Appernysia for a Beholder to lead their people to victory against the Appernysian king. When Rayders come to Pree, twins Lon and Mellai Marcs are caught in the middle of an ancient conflict. Seventeen-year-old Lon discovers he is a Beholder—the first of the Second Age—and the one the Rayders are searching for. Lon must learn to use his power before it kills him, but the only person who can help him is deep within Rayder territory. He must decide if keeping himself alive is incentive enough to betray his family, his king, and the woman he loves by joining the enemy. Read More...
My Own Little Easter Story
My Own Little Easter Story By Christina Goodings, Illustrated by Amanda Gulliver

An appealing, small format book to introduce children to the Easter storyUsing very simple and straightforward and straightforward language, this retelling of the Easter story is easy to understand and remember. The warm and gentle illustrations will be loved by toddlers. Read More...
Endless
Endless By Amanda Gray

Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them.  When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair discover they may have more in common than they thought—like a past life!  Using the instructions of a music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai has traveled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny, and Nikolai race against the clock—and the Order—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life and beyond death. Read More...