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Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence

Publisher Rodale, June 2006 Matt Sanford’s life and body were irrevocably changed at age thirteen on a snowy Iowa road. On that day, his family’s car skidded off an overpass, killing Matt’s father and sister and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair. His mother …

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Waking the Spirit: A Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul
Waking the Spirit

Publisher Picador/St. Martin, August 2, 2016 The astounding story of a critically ill musician, who is saved by music and returns to the same hospital to help heal others. Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the …

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Who Hates Whom

Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up – A woefully Incomplete Guide Publisher Crown/Random, September 25, 2007 WHO HATES WHOM is a simple book of maps and accompanying text providing a country-by-country breakdown of who hates whom in ethnic, religious, economic, and territorial conflicts worldwide. Each deadly conflict, …

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The Whole Fromage

Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese Publisher Broadway Books/Random House, June 25, 2013 The French, san doute, love their fromages. And there’s much to love: hundreds of gloriously pungent varieties-crumbly, creamy, buttery, even shot through with bottle-green mold. So many varieties, in fact, that the aspiring gourmand might …

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Why Still Dance

Publisher Nodin Press, January 2004 Phebe Hanson has been at work recording the book of her life since the day after Pearl Harbor in 1941. If a 21st century reader wanted to know what it felt like to be an intelligent, witty, sharply observant woman—a daughter of pious Scandinavian immigrants, …

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Why Do They Act That Way

A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain For You And Your Teen Publisher Free Press/Simon & Schuster, August 2004 Even smart kids do stupid things. It’s a simple fact of life. No one makes it through the teenage years unscathed-not the teens and not their parents. But now there’s expert …

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The Writer’s Crusade: Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse-Five

Publisher Abrams Books, November 9, 2021 The story of Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse-Five, an enduring masterpiece on trauma and memory Kurt Vonnegut was twenty years old when he enlisted in the United States Army. Less than two years later, he was captured by the Germans in the single deadliest US …

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Yeh Yeh’s House

Publisher Diane Reverand/Saint Martin, December 2004 A beautifully written memoir that describes Chao’s belated journey to her family’s home in Beijing in search of a connection to her heritage. Throughout Evelina’s childhood, blue aerogramme would arrive from China, addressed to her. These letters were from her grandfather, Yeh Yeh, a …

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