Grateful American

Grateful American
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Author: Gary Sinise
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781400208135
Release: 2019-02-12
Editor: Thomas Nelson

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

New York Times Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten. "The book is called Grateful American, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." -- Clint Eastwood As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose--or so it seemed. Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning Forrest Gump. The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

Grateful American

Grateful American
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Author: Gary Sinise
Pages: 280
ISBN: 1404110828
Release: 2019
Editor: Nelson Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose -- or so it seemed. Within a few years, Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump. The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

We Are Grateful

We Are Grateful
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Author: Traci Sorell
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781430144144
Release: 2020-01-01
Editor: Lerner Publishing Group

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This authentic, loving celebration of gratitude & community—written by a citizen of the Cherokee nation—follows celebrations and experiences through the seasons of a year, underscoring the traditions and ways of Cherokee life.

Coronavirus A Book for Children

Coronavirus  A Book for Children
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Author: Kate Wilson,Elizabeth Jenner,Nia Roberts
Pages: 28
ISBN: 9781839941467
Release: 2020-04-07
Editor: Nosy Crow

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

What is the coronavirus, and why is everyone talking about it? Engagingly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book helps answer these questions and many more, providing children aged 5-10 and their parents with clear and accessible explanations about the coronavirus and its effects - both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life. With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing. The book is free to read and download, but Nosy Crow would like to encourage readers, should they feel in a position to, to make a donation to: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/

The Memory of Things

The Memory of Things
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Author: Gae Polisner
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781250095534
Release: 2016-09-06
Editor: St. Martin's Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"[A] gripping, emotional story set in the part of history we’ll never forget." - New York Daily News On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? The Memory of Things tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain—it tells a story of hope.

Everything Else in the Universe

Everything Else in the Universe
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Author: Tracy Holczer
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780698173859
Release: 2018-06-12
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In the midst of the Vietnam War, a young girl struggles to embrace change in this tender family story for fans of Cynthia Lord and Wendy Maas Lucy is a practical, orderly person--just like her dad. He taught her to appreciate reason and good sense, instilling in her the same values he learned at medical school. But when he's sent to Vietnam to serve as an Army doctor, Lucy and her mother are forced to move to San Jose, California, to be near their relatives--the Rossis--people known for their superstitions and all around quirky ways. Lucy can't wait for life to go back to normal, so she's over the moon when she learns her father is coming home early. It doesn't even matter that he's coming back "different." That she can't ask too many questions or use the word "amputation." It just matters that he'll be home. But Lucy quickly realizes there's something very wrong when her mother sends her to spend the summer with the Rossis to give her father some space. Lucy's beside herself, but what's a twelve-year-old to do? It's a curious boy named Milo, a mysterious packet of photographs and an eye-opening mission that makes Lucy see there's more to life than schedules and plans, and helps to heal her broken family. The latest from critically-acclaimed author Tracy Holczer is a pitch-perfect middle grade tale of family and friendship that's sure to delight fans of One for the Murphys and Rules.

Summary of GRATEFUL AMERICAN by Gary Sinise

Summary of GRATEFUL AMERICAN by Gary Sinise
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Author: BookNation Publishing
Pages: 85
ISBN: 1093691883
Release: 2019-04-12
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

* AN AMAZING AUTHOBIOGRAPHY OF THE LIFE OF THE GREAT GARY SINISE! * GARY IS ONE OF THE FOREMOST SUPPORTERS OF AMERICA'S TROOPS, VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES! * A GREAT BOOK! IT'LL MAKE YOU LAUGH AND IT'LL MAKE YOU CRY! * IT'LL EMPOWER YOU AND MAKE YOU FEEL A PROFOUND LOVE FOR THE GOOD OL' US OF A! * THIS GREAT BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR EVERY AMERICAN! GRATEFUL AMERICAN: JOURNEY FROM SELF TO SERVICE, by Gary Sinise, is not your ordinary autobiography. In the book, Gary who is one of the foremost supporters of our troops, veterans, and first responders and their families tells the story of his past and his personal life and recounts the details of how he was able to realize a life focused on service to others, especially those who have served our country. Gary is a true American Patriot and this book is one of the best you'll ever read. It'll make you laugh and cry and empowered and it'll make you feel a profound love for the good ol' US of A. This great book is a must read for every American! ABOUT THIS SUMMARY: This is a very well-written summary and guide to the book, Grateful American: Journey from Self to Service, by Gary Sinise. This summary is intended to simplify the main book for you, for easy understanding. All the major points, highlights and lessons shared in the main book are carefully extracted and presented in this summary so you can access them quickly and easily. But note that this summary is meant to be a companion, not a replacement, to the main book. Therefore, read this summary before or after reading the main book. Indeed, this amazing and wonderful book is a must-read for every American. So what are you waiting for? Do not procrastinate. BUY THIS BOOK NOW!

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor
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Author: Sonia Sotomayor
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781524771171
Release: 2019-09-17
Editor: Yearling

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "[Doesn't shy] away from the hard truths of Sotomayor's childhood . . . [and] discusses real-world issues like racism, privilege, and affirmative action." --The Washington Post Discover the inspiring life of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, in this middle-grade adaptation of her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World. Includes an 8-page photo insert and a brief history of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor was just a girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge even though she'd never met one of either and none lived in her neighborhood. Sonia did not let the hardships of her background--which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City's South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money--stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward. Eventually, all of Sonia's hard work led to her appointment as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 2009, a role that she has held ever since. Learn about Justice Sotomayor's rise and her amazing work, as well as about the Supreme Court, in this fascinating memoir that shows that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018! "People--I add children--who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible." --Justice Sonia Sotomayor, on why she writes books (ABC News)

Child of the Dream A Memoir of 1963

Child of the Dream  A Memoir of 1963
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Author: Sharon Robinson
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781338282825
Release: 2019-09-03
Editor: Scholastic Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson about one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.

Sweet Chaos

Sweet Chaos
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Author: Carol Brightman
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780671011178
Release: 1999-09-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Extensive research into the band members and families of the Grateful Dead, as well as interviews with staff and Deadheads, enlivens this chronicle of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Reprint.

Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty
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Author: Richard Brookhiser
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781541699120
Release: 2019-11-05
Editor: Basic Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An award-winning historian recounts the history of American liberty through the stories of thirteen essential documents Nationalism is inevitable: It supplies feelings of belonging, identity, and recognition. It binds us to our neighbors and tells us who we are. But increasingly -- from the United States to India, from Russia to Burma -- nationalism is being invoked for unworthy ends: to disdain minorities or to support despots. As a result, nationalism has become to many a dirty word. In Give Me Liberty, award-winning historian and biographer Richard Brookhiser offers up a truer and more inspiring story of American nationalism as it has evolved over four hundred years. He examines America's history through thirteen documents that made the United States a new country in a new world: a free country. We are what we are because of them; we stay true to what we are by staying true to them. Americans have always sought liberty, asked for it, fought for it; every victory has been the fulfillment of old hopes and promises. This is our nationalism, and we should be proud of it.

The American Book of the Dead

The American Book of the Dead
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Author: Oliver Trager
Pages: 434
ISBN: 9780684814025
Release: 1997-12-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A reference guide to the Grateful Dead includes biographies of band members, descriptions of officially released albums, and insights into the more than four hundred songs they preformed live

Storm Dog

Storm Dog
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Author: L. M. Elliott
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780062430021
Release: 2020-08-18
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

For those who have ever felt out of place, this affirming and heartwarming book tells a powerful story of the American South, the love of a dog, and the power of music. Perfect for fans of Maxi's Secrets and How to Steal a Dog, and for anyone who's ever loved a dog. Whip-smart Ariel doesn’t fit in. Only in the winds of the Blue Ridge Mountains and spring storms that mirror the unhappiness she feels at home. Her brother understands her, but he’s in Afghanistan. Her father hasn't been the same since George deployed. Her mother focuses on Ariel’s gorgeous sister. When Gloria is selected to be an Apple Blossom Parade princess, Ariel feels even more the outsider and takes to the hills. There, during a raging storm, Ariel finds a lost dog who leads her to the safety of a cabin and Sergeant Josie, a former Army K-9 handler. Together—with music, dog-dancing, and a storm-child-crazy plan—the three outcasts find themselves. In this whimsical tale of self-discovery, L. M. Elliott captures the flavor of Virginia’s hunt country and Appalachia, while exploring definitions of beauty and belonging. Storm Dog will make readers proud to dance to their own rhythms.

The Riddle of Penncroft Farm

The Riddle of Penncroft Farm
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Author: Dorothea Jensen
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780547544304
Release: 2014-02-11
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Lars Olafson moves with his parents to the old family farm near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to live with his aged aunt Cass. Lars is miserable—until he meets Geordie, a ghost whose stories of the Revolutionary War are as exciting as those of an eyewitness. When Aunt Cass dies suddenly, Lars is faced with a mystery linked to the Revolutionary War—and Geordi’s ghostly stories are his only chance of solving it.

Grateful

Grateful
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Author: Diana Butler Bass
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780062659514
Release: 2018-04-03
Editor: HarperCollins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Wilbur Award-winning book Grateful is now available in paperback and with an updated subtitle. If gratitude is good, why is it so hard to do? In Grateful, Diana Butler Bass untangles our conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks. We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness. Four out of five Americans report feeling gratitude on a regular basis, but those private feelings seem disconnected from larger concerns of our public lives. In Grateful, cultural observer and theologian Diana Butler Bass takes on this “gratitude gap” and offers up surprising, relevant, and powerful insights to practice gratitude. Bass, author of the award-winning Grounded and ten other books on spirituality and culture, explores the transformative, subversive power of gratitude for our personal lives and in communities. Using her trademark blend of historical research, spiritual insights, and timely cultural observation, she shows how we can overcome this gap and make change in our own lives and in the world. With honest stories and heartrending examples from history and her own life, Bass reclaims gratitude as a path to greater connection with god, with others, with the world, and even with our own souls. It’s time to embrace a more radical practice of gratitude—the virtue that heals us and helps us thrive.

Maiden Voyage A Titanic Story

Maiden Voyage  A Titanic Story
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Author: Sarah Jane
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781338226706
Release: 2018-07-31
Editor: Scholastic Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A story of secrets, sisterhood, and adventure aboard the Titanic!

Grow Happy

Grow Happy
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Author: Jon Lasser,Sage Foster-Lasser
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1433823314
Release: 2017
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

My name is Kiko. I'm a gardener. I grow happy. Let me show you how. Kiko shows the reader how she grows happiness: by making good choices, taking care of her body and mind, paying attention to her feelings, problem solving, and spending time with family and friends. Kids will learn that they can play a pivotal role in creating their own happiness, just like Kiko. A Note to Parents and Other Caregivers provides more strategies for helping children learn how to grow happiness. Age range 4-8.

Heads

Heads
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Author: Jesse Jarnow
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780306822568
Release: 2016-03-29
Editor: Da Capo Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America uncovers a hidden history of the biggest psychedelic distribution and belief system the world has ever known. Through a collection of fast-paced interlocking narratives, it animates the tale of an alternate America and its wide-eyed citizens: the LSD-slinging graffiti writers of Central Park, the Dead-loving AI scientists of Stanford, utopian Whole Earth homesteaders, black market chemists, government-wanted Anonymous hackers, rogue explorers, East Village bluegrass pickers, spiritual seekers, Internet pioneers, entrepreneurs, pranksters, pioneering DJs, and a nation of Deadheads. WFMU DJ and veteran music writer Jesse Jarnow draws on extensive new firsthand accounts from many never-before-interviewed subjects and a wealth of deep archival research to create a comic-book-colored and panoramic American landscape, taking readers for a guided tour of the hippie highway filled with lit-up explorers, peak trips, big busts, and scenic vistas, from Vermont to the Pacific Northwest, from the old world head capitals of San Francisco and New York to the geodesic dome-dotted valleys of Colorado and New Mexico. And with the psychedelic research moving into the mainstream for the first time in decades, Heads also recounts the story of the quiet entheogenic revolution that for years has been brewing resiliently in the Dead's Technicolor shadow. Featuring over four dozen images, many never before seen-including pop artist Keith Haring's first publicly sold work-Heads weaves one of the 20th and 21st centuries' most misunderstood subcultures into the fabric of the nation's history. Written for anyone who wondered what happened to the heads after the Acid Tests, through the '70s, during the Drug War, and on to the psychedelic present, Heads collects the essential history of how LSD, Deadheads, tie-dye, and the occasional bad trip have become familiar features of the American experience.

Cravings

Cravings
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Author: Judy Collins
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781101971901
Release: 2018-01-02
Editor: Anchor

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"Since childhood, Judy Collins has been preoccupied, haunted, seduced, and taunted by food, a problem that nearly cost her her career and her life. For decades she thought her food issues were moral issues--lack of self-will, lack of discipline--and she worked hard at controlling what she thought of as her shameful inclinations, employing measures that led to serious health complications. Today she knows she was born with an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. The discovery of a solution to her problem prompted the desire to share what she has learned, which has brought her peace of mind, a clean food plan, years of maintaining the same weight, and a glow of joy and health"--

Grateful Nation

Grateful Nation
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Author: Ellen Moore
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780822372769
Release: 2017-10-20
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In today's volunteer military many recruits enlist for the educational benefits, yet a significant number of veterans struggle in the classroom, and many drop out. The difficulties faced by student veterans have been attributed to various factors: poor academic preparation, PTSD and other postwar ailments, and allegedly antimilitary sentiments on college campuses. In Grateful Nation Ellen Moore challenges these narratives by tracing the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans at two California college campuses. Drawing on interviews with dozens of veterans, classroom observations, and assessments of the work of veteran support organizations, Moore finds that veterans' academic struggles result from their military training and combat experience, which complicate their ability to function in civilian schools. While there is little evidence of antimilitary bias on college campuses, Moore demonstrates the ways in which college programs that conflate support for veterans with support for the institutional military lead to suppression of campus debate about the wars, discourage antiwar activism, and encourage a growing militarization.