Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: NONFICTION

TOP FIVE NONFICTION:
HARDCORE:

1. HOPE, by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
2. THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks
3. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS..., by Dana Perino
4. BILL O'REILLY'S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher
5. DEAD WAKE, by Erik Larson

SPOTLIGHT:
HOPE
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
Two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their final, dramatic rescue

On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland area home and called 911, saying: “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. . . . I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for ten years.”

A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained in the basement. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry bore a child—Jocelyn—by their captor.

Drawing upon their recollections and the diaries they kept, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with the ongoing efforts to find the missing girls.

The full story behind the headlines—including shocking information never previously released—Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of three women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.

Read by Jorjeana Marie, Marisol Ramirez and Arthur Morey.

PAPERBACK:

1. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT, by Daniel James Brown
2. AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
3. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
5. FINDING ME, by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford

SPOTLIGHT:
FINDING ME
Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford
Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.

In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
 

E-BOOKS:
1. HOPE, by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
2. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT, by Daniel James Brown
3. DEAD WAKE, by Erik Larson
4. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS..., by Dana Perino
5. MISSOULA, by Jon Krakauer

SPOTLIGHT:
AND THE GOOD NEWS IS...
Dana Perino From her years as a presidential press secretary to her debates with colleagues on Fox News' The Five, Dana Perino reveals the lessons she's learned that have guided her through life, including stories from behind the scenes at the White House with President George W. Bush that the cameras never captured.

Thoughtful, inspiring and often surprising, AND THE GOOD NEWS IS... traces Dana's unlikely journey through politics, the White House, and television. She has an uncanny ability for knowing what to say and how best to say it. A recurring theme in AND THE GOOD NEWS IS...is that planning has never worked for Dana; every time she has made a plan, something unexpected-and often better-has happened. 

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS... blends a candid self-portrait with advice for allowing one's very best personality traits to shine through, emphasizing that dignity and civility are choices we make for ourselves.



Disclaimer: All information was gathered from the Nytimes.com and Goodreads.com.

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