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CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER

CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER

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One cozy, funny, year with a Scottish used bookseller as he stays afloat while managing staff, customers, and life in the village of Wigtown. This endearing world is the next best thing to visiting your favorite bookstore (shop cat not included).

Inside a Georgian townhouse on the Wigtown highroad, jammed with more than 100,000 books and a portly cat named Captain, Shaun Bythell manages the daily ups and downs of running Scotland's largest used bookshop with a sharp eye and even sharper wit. His account of one year behind the counter is something no book lover should miss.

Shaun copes with eccentric staff, tallies up the day's orders, drives to distant houses to buy private libraries, and meditates on the nature of life and independent bookstores ("There really does seem to be a serendipity about bookshops, not just with finding books you never knew existed, or that you've been searching for, but with people too.").

Confessions of a Bookseller is a warm and welcome memoir of a life in books. It's for any reader looking for the kind of friend you meet in a bookstore.

Confessions of a Not-so-good Catholic Girl (signed)

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Conqueror! No WeaPAIN Shall Prosper

Conqueror! No WeaPAIN Shall Prosper

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Do you find yourself at a crossroad and can't fully grasp the reason you are on this Earth? Is your mind, body, soul, and spirit at odds Is pain blocking your process - paralyzing you from moving forward? Even with positive affirmations and thinking, have you not be able to process? Do you feel trapped, alone, and isolated...like you will never reach your goals? If you answered "yes" to one or more of those questions, CONQUEROR! is for you. Through faith-in-action, you will learn how to move beyond adversity by crating tangible solutions for success. This book was handcrafted just for you - whether you are starting your own business, changing careers, returning to school, or taking on a totally new task. Be prepared for your life to be immensely enriched as you learn how o overcome pain and WIN!
Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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A major literary biography of America's best-loved nineteenth-century poet, the first in more than fifty years, and a much-needed reassessment for the twenty-first century of a writer whose stature and celebrity were unparalleled in his time, whose work helped to explain America's new world not only to Americans but to Europe and beyond. From the author of On Paper (Buoyant--The New Yorker; Essential--Publishers Weekly), Patience and Fortitude (A wonderful hymn--Simon Winchester), and A Gentle Madness (A jewel--David McCullough).

In Cross of Snow, the result of more than twelve years of research, including access to never-before-examined letters, diaries, journals, notes, Nicholas Basbanes reveals the life, the times, the work--the soul--of the man who shaped the literature of a new nation with his countless poems, sonnets, stories, essays, translations, and whose renown was so wide-reaching that his deep friendships included Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe, and Oscar Wilde.

Basbanes writes of the shaping of Longfellow's character, his huge body of work that included translations of numerous foreign works, among them, the first rendering into a complete edition by an American of Dante's Divine Comedy. We see Longfellow's two marriages, both happy and contented, each cut short by tragedy. His first to Mary Storer Potter that ended in the aftermath of a miscarriage, leaving Longfellow devastated. His second marriage to the brilliant Boston socialite--Fanny Appleton, after a three-year pursuit by Longfellow (his fiery crucible, he called it), and his emergence as a literary force and a man of letters.

A portrait of a bold artist, experimenter of poetic form and an innovative translator--the human being that he was, the times in which he lived, the people whose lives he touched, his monumental work and its place in his America and ours.


Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - A Best Book of 2021: Entertainment Weekly - Good Morning America - Wall Street Journal - and more

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Determination Through the Holocaust, War, and Beyond - a Memoir

Determination Through the Holocaust, War, and Beyond - a Memoir

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This is a story of nearly 100 years of determination. Albert Pollack's determination was evident at a very young age, as he learned valuable skills - especially woodworking - that last a lifetime. Narrowly escaping the Nazi invasion of his hometown in Chorostkov, Poland, Pollack survived the Holocaust and World War II, where he served in the Russian-formed Polish Army - helping defeat Nazi Germany and bringing all 64 soldiers in his charge safely home to their families.Upon leaving the military, Pollack, a refugee, discovered a new passion for photography. From humble beginnings, he brought his skills to America, where he established a photography studio and custom framing business.Pollack embraces every opportunity in life with energy and determination and freely shares what he has learned with others.

He and his wife, Madelyn, remain active in their community in South Euclid, Ohio, and continue to enjoy their ever-growing family.

Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut

Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut

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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's intimate account of her first journey to the International Space Station, to which she returns in 2022, as commander of Expedition 68a--only the fourth woman to command the ISS, praised by Scott Kelly for its "incredible detail and great writing."

Two hundred days orbiting Earth on the International Space Station. Five years working and training with the aerospace community across the world. A lifetime of choices leading to the stars. These are the components of Samantha Cristoforetti's dream, a dream she invites us to share in this intimate account of an astronaut's journey to space. She views the triumphs and disappointments of that journey with a poet's eye and a philosopher's mind--and an engineer's gift for detail that brings each experience into sharp focus.

With Cristoforetti as our guide, we're called to become "apprentice astronauts" and experience the world anew through the visor of a space suit's helmet. Bonding with crew members to tackle challenges as a team, lifting off from the launchpad in a roar of engines, discovering the strange wonders of weightlessness, seeing Earth with a fresh perspective after a bittersweet return to solid ground . . . all these moments and more reveal what it really takes to escape our planet's gravity in pursuit of a goal.

Educated

Educated

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER - One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

"Extraordinary . . . an act of courage and self-invention."--The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW - ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR - BILL GATES'S HOLIDAY READING LIST - FINALIST: National Book Critics Circle's Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book - PEN/Jean Stein Book Award - Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

"Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Westover's] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?"--Vogue

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - O: The Oprah Magazine - Time - NPR - Good Morning America - San Francisco Chronicle - The Guardian - The Economist - Financial Times - Newsday - New York Post - theSkimm - Refinery29 - Bloomberg - Self - Real Simple - Town & Country - Bustle - Paste - Publishers Weekly - Library Journal - LibraryReads - Book Riot - Pamela Paul, KQED - New York Public Library

Elbert Hubbard I Knew: An Intimate Biography from the Heart and Pen of His Sister
Elbert Hubbard I Knew: An Intimate Biography from the Heart and Pen of His Sister

Elbert Hubbard I Knew: An Intimate Biography from the Heart and Pen of His Sister

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Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) was an American writer, editor, and publisher. He founded the Roycroft Press in 1893 in East Aurora, NY, modeled after William Morris' communal Kelmscott Press in England. Beginning in 1895, Hubbard issued monthly booklets called “Little Journeys," which contained biographical essays of famous persons, interwoven with comment and satire. In 1908, he began to edit and publish a second monthly, The Fra. The Roycroft Press establishment expanded to include furniture and leather shops, a smithy, and an art school, becoming an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Hubbard died in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.

The Elbert Hubbard I Knew (Roycrofters, 1929) was written by Hubbard's sister, Mary Hubbard Heath. It contains a family tree and numerous photos. No dust jacket; brown, orange and green marbled leather spine over dark orange paper; gilt lettering on spine rubbed; covers soiled; front hinge weak; slight foxing throughout text; deckled edges. G

Elizabeth Bowen (USED)

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