An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

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Penguin Books #ad - An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography #ad - As rwanda was thrown into chaos during the 1994 genocide, 200 tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees, a hotel manager, Rusesabagina, turned the luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1, while fending off their would-be killers with a combination of diplomacy and deception. A remarkable account of the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda Readers who were moved and horrified by Hotel Rwanda will respond even more intensely to Paul Rusesabagina’s unforgettable autobiography.

In an ordinary man, he tells the story of his childhood, revisits the 100 days in which he was the only thing standing between his “guests” and a hideous death, retraces his accidental path to heroism, and recounts his subsequent life as a refugee and activist.

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Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Part three cups of tea, part into thin air, grennan’s remarkable memoir is at once gripping and inspirational, and it carries us deep into an exotic world that most readers know little about. Funny, touching, tragic…. A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land—and one man’s extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal #ad - Neil white, author of in the sanctuary of outcastsLittle Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennan’s battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process.

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Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains

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HarperOne #ad - Thanks to bowen's relentless perseverance through heartbreak and a dose of humor, Half the Sky's goal to bring love the lives of forgotten children comes ever closer. And, in 2011, at china's great hall of the people, half the sky and its government partners celebrated the launch of The Rainbow Program, a groundbreaking initiative to change the face of orphan care by training every child welfare worker in the country.

. A year later, as she watched her new daughter play in the grass with her friends, thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. Wish you happy forever chronicles half the sky founder Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages—and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them—from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise.

Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains #ad - After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment to save one child. That very day she created half the sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China and one that has actually managed to fulfill its promise.

In wish you happy forever, a fish out of water tale like no other, Bowen relates her struggle to bring the concept of "child nurture and responsive care" to bemused Chinese bureaucrats and how she's actually succeeding. Five years after half the sky's first orphanage program opened, government officials began to mention child welfare and nurturing care in public speeches.

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The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism

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Random House #ad - But through hard work and determination on behalf of Jake and his two younger brothers, and family, friends, as well as an undying faith in their community, Kristine and Michael prevailed. Relying on the insights she developed at the daycare center she runs out of the garage in her home, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob’s “spark”—his passionate interests.

. Compulsive reading. The washington post   “The Spark is about the transformative power of unconditional love. Kristine knew in her heart that she had to make a change. Against the advice of her husband, and the developmental specialists, Michael, Kristine followed her instincts, pulled Jake out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own.

The spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Surrounded by “experts” at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake’s most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests—moving shadows on the wall, withdrew more and more into his own world, stars, plaid patterns on sofa fabric—Jake made no progress, and eventually stopped talking completely.

The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism #ad - Why concentrate on what he couldn’t do? why not focus on what he could?  This basic philosophy, s’mores around the campfire and the importance of play, picnics, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences softball, helped Kristine overcome huge odds. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics.

If you have a child who’s ‘different’—and who doesn’t?—you won’t be able to put it down.

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Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference

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Spiegel & Grau #ad - The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Set against the backdrop of an american town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Suddenly clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find.

Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference #ad - . At the center of the story is fiery coach luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives—and the lives of their families—in the face of a series of daunting challenges. These kids named themselves the Fugees. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals.

Bonus: this edition contains a reader's guide. Warren St. This fast-paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global community—and an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world.

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The Purchase: A Novel

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Anchor #ad - In 1798, daniel dickinson, recently widowed and shunned by his fellow Quakers when he marries his young servant girl to help with his five small children, moves his shaken family down the Wilderness Road to the Virginia/Kentucky border.  . Its memorable characters, are compellingly human, drawn with compassion and depth, with lives that bring light to matters of loyalty and conscience.

This ebook edition includes a reading group guide. Darkly evocative, The Purchase is as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life. Although determined to hold on to his quaker ways, daniel becomes the owner of a young boy named Onesimus, setting in motion a twisted chain of events that will lead to tragedy and murder, and despite his most dearly held belief that slavery is a sin, forever changing his children’s lives and driving the book to an unexpected conclusion.

The Purchase: A Novel #ad - A powerful novel of sacrifice and redemption set in a tiny community on the edge of the frontier, this spellbinding narrative unfolds around Daniel’s struggle to maintain his faith; his young wife, who must find her own way; and Mary, the eldest child, Ruth, who is bound to a runaway slave by a terrible secret.

Winner of canada's 2012 governor general's award for fiction in this provocative and starkly beautiful historical novel, a Quaker family moves from Pennsylvania to the Virginia frontier, where slaves are the only available workers and where the family’s values and beliefs are sorely tested.

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Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir

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Crown #ad - Against a background of war, and unbearable uncertainty about the future, disease, terrorism, Chipo’s story emerges as an inspiring testament to the miracles that love—and dogged determination—can sometimes achieve. He witnessed heartbreaking scenes of devastation and violence, steeling him further to take a personal role in helping anywhere he could.

After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor’s orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Foreign correspondent neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. His wife, a savvy black woman whose father escaped the Jim Crow South for a new life in the industrial North, would not be deterred in her resolve to welcome Chipo into their loving family.

Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir #ad - Still an active correspondent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, and the postgenocidal conflict in Rwanda. That decision challenged an unspoken social norm—that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children. She’d been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season.

At its peak, his antagonizing branded all foreign journalists personae non grata. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city.

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Smyrna, September 1922: One American's Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century's First Genocide

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Ecco #ad - Several hundred miles to the east in Turkey’s interior, tensions between Greeks and Turks had boiled over into deadly violence. Turkish soldiers proceeded to burn the city and rape and kill countless Christian refugees. The harrowing story of a methodist minister and a principled american naval officer who helped rescue more than 250, 000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians—a tale of bravery, and politics, morality, published to coincide with the genocide’s centennial.

The year was 1922: world war i had just come to a close, the ottoman Empire was in decline, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, and Asa Jennings, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Before the horrible events in Turkey were complete, Jennings had helped rescue a million people.

Smyrna, September 1922: One American's Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century's First Genocide #ad - By turns harrowing and inspiring, documents, The Great Fire uses eyewitness accounts, and survivor narratives to bring this episode—extraordinary for its brutality as well as its heroism—to life.  . Unwilling to leave with the other american civilians and determined to get Armenians and Greeks out of the doomed city, Jennings worked tirelessly to feed and transport the thousands of people gathered at the city’s Quay.

With the help of the brilliant naval officer and kentucky gentleman Halsey Powell, and a handful of others, Jennings commandeered a fleet of unoccupied Greek ships and was able to evacuate a quarter million innocent people—an amazing humanitarian act that has been lost to history, until now. Mustapha kemal, now known as ataturk, and his muslim army soon advanced into Smyrna, a Christian city, where a half a million terrified Greek and Armenian refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape his troops.

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Last Man Down NY City Fire Chief Collapse World Trade Center: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center

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Berkley #ad - A first responder’s harrowing account of 9/11—the inspirational true story of an American hero who gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City’s darkest hours. On september 11, 2001, fdny battalion chief Richard “Pitch” Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. He made the call for firemen and rescue workers to evacuate, while he stayed behind with a skeleton team of men to help evacuate a group of disabled and infirm civilians.

Last Man Down NY City Fire Chief Collapse World Trade Center: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center #ad - In minutes, he was at ground zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burn—and then to buckle. It was in its smoky stairwells where he heard and felt the South Tower collapse. And it was there that he concentrated his rescue efforts. A veteran of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Picciotto was eerily familiar with the inside of the North Tower.

And it was in the rubble of the North Tower where Picciotto found himself buried—for more than four hours after the building’s collapse.

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The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom

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Harper Wave #ad - When her small town became the epicenter of the brutal fight between ISIS militants and US-backed Kurdish troops in 2014, she and her family were forced to flee. Despite her physical limitations, Nujeen embarked on the arduous trek to safety and a new life. Prize-winning journalist and the co-author of smash new york times bestseller i am malala, whose harrowing journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitude, Christina Lamb, and hope that lends a face to the greatest humanitarian issue of our time, grit, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, now tells the inspiring true story of another remarkable young hero: Nujeen Mustafa, the Syrian refugee crisis.

For millions around the globe, sixteen-year-old Nujeen Mustafa embodies the best of the human spirit. Yet, in spite of the tremendous physical hardship she endured, Nujeen's extraordinary optimism never wavered. As she told a bbc reporter, "You should fight to get what you want in this world. Nujeen's positivity and resolve infuses this unforgettable story of one young woman determined to make a better life for herself.

The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom #ad - The grueling sixteen-month odyssey by foot, and bus took her across Turkey and the Mediterranean to Greece, boat, and finally, through Macedonia to Serbia and Hungary, to Germany. Confined to a wheelchair because of her cerebral palsy and denied formal schooling in Syria because of her illness, Nujeen taught herself English by watching American soap operas.

Refusing to give in to despair or see herself as a passive victim, she kept her head high. Told by acclaimed british foreign correspondent christina Lamb, Nujeen is a unique and powerful memoir that gives voice to the Syrian refugee crisis, helping us to understand that the world must change—and offering the inspiration to make that change reality.

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Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace

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The Dial Press #ad - In this “extraordinary family memoir, ”* the national Book Award–winning author of The Future Is History reveals the story of her two grandmothers, who defied Fascism and Communism during a time when tyranny reigned. One became a hero in her children’s and grandchildren’s eyes; the other became a collaborator.

With grace, masha gessen, and meticulous research, one of the most trenchant observers of Russia and its history today, candor, peels back the layers of time to reveal her grandmothers’ lives—and to show that neither story is quite what it seems. Praise for masha gessen   “One of the most important activists and journalists Russia has known in a generation.

Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace #ad - David remnick, deftly unconventional, The New Yorker   “Masha Gessen is humbly erudite, and courageously honest. Timothy snyder, author of On Tyranny. Ruzya solodovnik was a Russian-born intellectual who would become a high-level censor under Stalin’s regime. The new york times book reviewin the 1930s, as waves of war and persecution were crashing over Europe, two young Jewish women began separate journeys of survival.

Over the years each woman had to find her way in a country that aimed to make every citizen a cog in the wheel of murder and repression. Ester goldberg was a rebel from Bialystok, Poland, where virtually the entire Jewish community would be sent to Hitler’s concentration camps. At war’s end, both women found themselves in Moscow.

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