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  • Details about Behind the beautiful forevers life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

    Behind the beautiful forevers life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

    Katherine Boo.

    From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as……more

  • Details about The devil in the white city murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America

    The devil in the white city murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America

    Erik Larson.

    Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson's spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men--the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.…more

  • Details about Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

    Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

    Jon Krakauer.

    Journalist Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for this epic account of the May 1996 disaster. Unabridged. 7 CDs.…more

  • Details about In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex

    In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex

    Nathaniel Philbrick.

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the Titanic disaster was in the twentieth. Nathaniel Philbrick now restores this epic story -- which inspired the climactic scene in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick -- to its rightful place in American history.In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk b……more

  • Details about Don't let's go to the dogs tonight : an African childhood.

    Don't let's go to the dogs tonight : an African childhood.

    Alexandra Fuller.

    When the ship veered into the Cape of Good Hope, Mum caught the spicy, heady scent of Africa on the changing wind. She smelled the people: raw onions and salt, the smell of people who are not afraid to eat meat, and who smoke fish over open fires on the beach and who pound maize into meal and who work out-of-doors. She held me up to face the earthy air, so that the fingers of warmth pushed back my black curls of hair, and her pale green eyes went clear-glassy. "Smell that," she whispered, "that'……more

  • Details about The murder of King Tut : the plot to kill the child king : a nonfiction thriller

    The murder of King Tut : the plot to kill the child king : a nonfiction thriller

    James Patterson and Martin Dugard.

    A secret buried for centuries Thrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut's reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy. The keys to an unsolved mystery Enchanted by the ruler's tragic story and hopin……more

  • Details about Vietnamerica : a family's journey

    Vietnamerica : a family's journey

    written and illustrated by GB Tran.

    A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: Vietnamerica   GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family's history. Born and raised in South Carolina as a son of immigrants, he knew that his parents had fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. But even as they struggled to adapt to life in America, they preferred to forget the past-and to focu……more