Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil

By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson

Quickly after the autumn of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as a part of a gaggle supplying humanitarian relief to this war-torn kingdom. Surrounded by way of women and men whose skills–as medical professionals, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently simpler than her personal, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mom of 2 from Michigan, despaired of being of any actual use. but she quickly chanced on she had a present for befriending Afghans, and as soon as her career grew to become identified she used to be eagerly sought out via Westerners determined for a great haircut and by means of Afghan girls, who've an extended and proud culture of working their very own good looks salons. therefore an idea was once born.

With assistance from company and foreign sponsors, the Kabul good looks tuition welcomed its top notch in 2003. good which means yet occasionally brazen, Rodriguez stumbled via language obstacles, overstepped cultural customs, and always juggled the demanding situations of a postwar kingdom while she discovered tips to empower her scholars to develop into their households’ breadwinners via studying the basics of coloring options, haircutting, and makeup.

Yet in the small haven of the wonder college, the road among instructor and pupil quick blurred as those brilliant girls shared with Rodriguez their tales and their hearts: the newlywed who faked her virginity on her marriage ceremony evening, the twelve-year-old bride bought into marriage to pay her family’s accounts, the Taliban member’s spouse who pursued her education regardless of her husband’s consistent beatings. via those and different tales, Rodriguez came across the power to depart her personal dangerous marriage and make allowance herself to like back, Afghan style.

With heat and humor, Rodriguez information the lushness of a probably desolate area and divulges the beauty in the back of the burqa. Kabul good looks tuition is a notable story of a rare group of ladies who come jointly and research the humanities of perms, friendship, and freedom.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Aprons and Silver Spoons: The Heartwarming Memoirs of a 1930s Scullery Maid

By Mollie Moran

While younger Mollie grew to become a 'skivvy' in a stately London townhouse elderly simply 14, she speedy discovered that a huge volume of elbow grease and a feeling of humour will be tantamount to surviving there. via Mollie's eyes we're provided a desirable glimpse into London's invisible 'downstairs', a global that has long-since vanished.

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Pain Don't Hurt: Fighting Inside and Outside the Ring

Pain Don’t Hurt is the no-holds-barred memoir from the one expert fighter in historical past to come back to the hoop after open-heart surgical procedure, kickboxer Mark “Fightshark” Miller—an inspiring tale of kinfolk, decision, and redemption.

In 2007, Mark Miller was once a emerging megastar in specialist kickboxing, until eventually a regimen actual exposed a significant that required open-heart surgical procedure. The obstacle helped to briefly reunite his fractured relatives and made Miller extra decided than ever to come back to the kickboxing ring. yet inside of a yr, his mom and dad and brother have been all lifeless, and Miller’s fragile optimism imploded, sending him right into a tailspin of substances and alcohol.

Pain Don’t Hurt is a narrative of significant tenacity, commitment, and difficult work—how one fierce competitor overcame repeated hindrances to achieve his goals. Miller recounts tales starting from his youth spent within the Steelers locker room to the outstanding lifestyles classes he realized from different warring parties to his effective go back to battling in a Moscow kickboxing ring. He talks in actual fact approximately relatives and fatherhood—of the tough classes approximately masculinity and violence discovered from his father. He additionally deals an inspiring, interesting, and frank account of the fights—both out and in of the ring—that have formed him.

A deeply own account of guts, blood, and glory, Pain Don’t Hurt can pay tribute to the never-say-die spirit embodied in a guy who refuses to backpedal, regardless of the odds.

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Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

By Ingrid Betancourt

"Betancourt's riveting account...is an unforgettable epic of ethical braveness and human endurance." -Los Angeles Times

In the midst of her crusade for the Colombian presidency in 2002, Ingrid Betancourt traveled right into a military-controlled quarter, the place she was once kidnapped via the FARC, a brutal terrorist guerrilla association in clash with the govt.. She could spend the following six and a part years captive within the depths of the Colombian jungle. Even Silence Has an End is her deeply relocating and private account of that point. The proof of her tale are astonishing, however it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very precise narrative-an intensely clever, considerate, and compassionate mirrored image on what it particularly capability to be human.

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My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud

By Kevin Clash, Gary Brozek

Meet Kevin conflict, the fellow in the back of the Muppet and the unassuming center and soul of Elmo. eventually, the puppeteer who has played Elmo for almost 20 years comes out from at the back of the degree to proportion his tale. Weaving jointly his thoughts of turning out to be up with the existence classes received from his hairy pink regulate ego, Kevin finds himself to be as being concerned, and as desirous to develop and study and love, because the very particular personality he brings to life.

You will observe how younger Kevin honed his expertise pleasing the children in his mother’s domestic day care with puppets he made of slippers and coat liners; how, as a suffering younger artist, he learned his dream to fulfill after which paintings for his idol, Muppet writer Jim Henson; and the way each day of appearing Elmo reinforces for him what's most crucial in life.

As Kevin has been encouraged by means of Elmo, now we will be able to all study from his bushy crimson methods. Kevin’s (and Elmo’s) innovations on love, creativity, friendship, and optimism remind us of life’s basic truths and finally motivate us all to be a bit of extra like Elmo–to dwell with pleasure, to like extra simply, and to chortle extra frequently.

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Worn Stories

By Emily Spivack

New York Times Bestseller!

Everyone has a memoir in miniature in not less than one piece of garments. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has accrued over sixty of those clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and proficient storytellers. First-person bills variety from the typical to the extreme, equivalent to artist Marina Abramovic at the boots she wore to stroll the good Wall of China; musician Rosanne money at the crimson blouse that belonged to her father; and designer Cynthia Rowley at the woman Scout sash that educated her company acumen. different participants comprise Greta Gerwig, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Simon Doonan, Albert Maysles, Susan Orlean, Andy Spade, Paola Antonelli, David Carr, Andrew Kuo, and extra. by way of turns humorous, tragic, poignant, and celebratory, Worn Stories bargains a revealing examine the garments that shield us, function a uniform, assert our identification, or deliver again the past—clothes which are encoded with the tales of our lives.

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Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

By Jen Lancaster


"To whom the fats rolls…I'm uninterested in books the place a self-loathing heroine is teased to the purpose the place she starves herself thin in hopes of a wonderful new existence. and that i hate the message that girls can't potentially feel free till all of us healthy into our thin denims. I don't locate those tales uplifting; they make me are looking to hug those girls and take them out for fizzy champagne beverages and cheesecake and clarify to them that till they determine their insides, their outsides don't topic. regrettably, being obese isn't easily a societal factor that may be mounted with a dose fit of confident vainness. It’s a wellbeing and fitness topic, and right here at the eve of my 40th yr, I've discovered i need to make alterations so I don't, you recognize, die. simply because what reliable is eventually having the ability to manage to pay for a pedicure if I lose a foot to grownup onset diabetes?"

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The Alice Behind Wonderland

By Simon Winchester

On a summer's day in 1858, in a backyard at the back of Christ Church university in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in arithmetic, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the school dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding digital camera, lately bought in London.

Simon Winchester deftly makes use of the ensuing image--as unsettling because it is known, and the topic of bottomless speculation--as the motor vehicle for a short day trip at the back of the lens, a focus at the origins of a vintage paintings of English literature. Dodgson's love of images framed his view of the area and was once partially liable for remodeling a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of many world's best-loved observers of youth. Little ask yourself that there's extra to "Alice Liddell because the Beggar Maid" than meets the attention. utilizing Dodgson's released writings, inner most diaries, and naturally his photographic pix, Winchester lightly exposes the improvement of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

Acclaim for Simon Winchester

"An particularly attractive consultant at domestic in all places, prepared for whatever, filled with gusto and probably omnivorous curiosity."
--Pico Iyer, The big apple occasions publication Review

"A grasp at telling a fancy tale compellingly and lucidly."
--USA Today

"Extraordinarily graceful."

"Winchester is a good looking author and a deft anecdoteur."
--Christopher Buckley

"A lyrical author and an indefatigable researcher."

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Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury

By Cathy Crimmins

Stand-up comedian Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply own, wrenching, and infrequently hilarious account of the consequences of hectic mind harm, not just at the sufferer, hence her husband, yet at the family.

When her husband Alan is injured in a speedboat twist of fate, Cathy Crimmins reluctantly assumes the function of caregiver and learns to deal with the individual he has turn into. not the guy who enjoyed vague jap cinema and wry humor, Crimmins' husband has emerged from the twist of fate a childlike and unpredictable reproduction of his former self with a quick awareness span and a penchant for inane cartoons. Where Is the Mango Princess? is a wide ranging account that explores the very nature of personality-and the complexities of the guts.

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To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

By Philippe Petit

An artist of the air re-creates his six-year plot to drag off an act of incomparable good looks and imagination

One late-summer day, a feat of incredible audacity used to be perpetrated at the dual towers of the area exchange heart. The yr used to be 1974. 100000 humans amassed at the flooring to monitor in awe as twenty-four-year-old excessive cord artist Philippe Petit made 8 crossings among the all-but-completed towers, four hundred and forty yards above the earth, over the process approximately an hour.

Petit's success made headlines worldwide. but few who observed or heard approximately it learned that it was once the success of a dream he had nurtured for 6 years, rekindling it every time it used to be at risk of expiring. His accomplices have been a motley group of foreigners and american citizens, who lower than Petit's course had conpired, connived, worked, argued, rehearsed, and improvised to make attainable an act of unsurpassed aerial artistry.

In this visually and verbally beautiful publication, Petit tells for the 1st time the dramatic tale of this history-making stroll, from notion and clandestine making plans to the functionality and its aftermath. The account attracts on Petit's journals, which trap every thing from his budgets to his ideas for rigging a excessive twine at midnight among of the main safe towers on the planet. it's lively by means of images taken by means of of Petit's collaborators, and via his personal splendidly evocative sketches and unquenchable humor.

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