Crown #ad - And yet, in spite of it all, rogers’s parents–with the help of friends, lodge guests, farmworkers, and residents–among them black political dissidents and white refugee farmers–continue to hold on. Thrilling, perseverance, and, the last resort is a remarkable true story about one family in a country under siege and a testament to the love, absurdly funny, at times, heartbreaking, and resilience of the human spirit.
But when zimbabwe’s president robert Mugabe launched his violent program to reclaim white-owned land and Rogers’s parents were caught in the cross fire, everything changed. Lyn and ros, the owners of drifters–a famous game farm and backpacker lodge in the eastern mountains that was one of the most popular budget resorts in the country–found their home and resort under siege, their friends and neighbors expelled, and their lives in danger.
But instead of leaving, as their son pleads with them to do, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay. Evoking elements of the tender bar and Absurdistan, responsibility, love, coming-of-age tale about home, The Last Resort is an inspiring, hope, and redemption. On returning to the country of his birth, rogers finds his once orderly and progressive home transformed into something resembling a Marx Brothers romp crossed with Heart of Darkness: pot has supplanted maize in the fields; hookers have replaced college kids as guests; and soldiers, spies, and teenage diamond dealers guzzle beer at the bar.
The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe #ad - An edgy, bribery, it is also a deeply moving story about how to survive a corrupt Third World dictatorship with a little innovation, roller-coaster adventure, humor, and brothel management. From the Hardcover edition. And, in the process, he learns that the "big story" he had relentlessly pursued his entire adult life as a roving journalist and travel writer was actually happening in his own backyard.
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast
Harper Wave #ad - Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the social, religious, economic, and political factors creating it. The desert and the sea is wildly compelling and a book that will take its place next to titles like Den of Lions and Even Silence Has an End.
Michael scott moore, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, thoughtful, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting, religious extremism, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, and the costs of survival.
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast #ad - In january 2012, having covered a somali pirate trial in hamburg for Spiegel Online International—and funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting—Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits—physical injury, isolation, starvation, terror—Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind.
. In september 2014, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, after 977 days, colleagues, friends, and his strong-willed mother. Yet moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history.
Caught between muslim pirates, the looming threat of al-shabaab, and the rise of isiS, Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him—the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam—and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues.
A sort of catch-22 meets black hawk down, candor, The Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail.
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
HarperCollins e-books #ad - Harrowing yet hopeful, insightful and compelling, this story is truly unforgettable. . As the vietnamese penetrated Cambodia, destroying the Khmer Rouge, Loung and her surviving siblings were slowly reunited. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, chicken fights, fried crickets, and sassing her parents.
Loung trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, while other siblings were sent to labor camps. When pol pot’s khmer rouge army stormed into phnom penh in April 1975, Ung’s family fled their home and moved from village to village to hide their identity, their education, their former life of privilege.
Repackaged in a new tie-in edition to coincide with the netflix film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, a moving story of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her triumphant spirit as she survived the Cambodian genocide under Pol Pot’s brutal regime. Until the age of five, loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official.
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers #ad - Bolstered by the shocking bravery of one brother, the courage and sacrifices of the rest of her family—and sustained by her sister’s gentle kindness amid brutality—Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. While her beautiful mother worried that Loung was a troublemaker—that she stomped around like a thirsty cow—her beloved father knew Loung was a clever girl.
Eventually, the family dispersed in order to survive.
Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War
Harper #ad - With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable CIA and FBI officers, double agents and clandestine lives, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, that challenges our notions of patriotism, exposing the commonality between peoples of opposing political economic systems.
Both a gripping tale of spy craft and a moving personal story, Spies in the Family is an invaluable and heart-rending work. Spies in the Family includes 25 black-and-white photos. At the height of the cold war, the Russian offered the CIA an unfiltered view into the vault of Soviet intelligence. A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War.
In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon was living in New Delhi with her family when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Dillon’s father and polyakov had a close friendship that went back years, to their first meeting in Burma in the mid-1960s. Eva had long believed that her father was a U.
W. W. Norton & Company #ad - It surely ranks with the best war memoirs I’ve ever encountered. Tim o’brien, author of the things they carriedan award-winning poet and former infantry team leader in Iraq, Brian Turner combines his devastating recollections as “Sergeant Turner” with his visions of the experiences of generations of warriors in his family—and even those of the enemy—in a work of profound understanding and shocking beauty.
The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man
Harper Paperbacks #ad - Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller. In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants.
Now available in a new edition, their ability to communicate with man, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants' response to human care and nurturing, their creative powers, plants' surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, and much more. Tompkins and bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.
Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Africa
Crown #ad - Born wild is the memoir of Fitzjohn’s extraordinary life. A notorious hell-raiser given to scrapes with bandits, evil policemen, and wicked politicians, who has been shot at by poachers and chewed up by lions, Fitzjohn is also a wonderful raconteur. Born wild is the story of that passion. Tony fitzjohn, part missionary, part madman, has been called “one of the world’s most endangered creatures.
An internationally renowned field expert on african wildlife, he is best known for the eighteen years he spent helping Born Free’s George Adamson return more than forty leopards and lions—including the celebrated Christian—to the wild in central Kenya. Shenanigans aside, he belongs to that rare species of humans who have sought refuge and meaning in a life truly dedicated to the restoration of the animal kingdom.
Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Africa #ad - It shows how a man driven by an impossibly restless spirit can do almost anything, to fighting with the Tanzanian government, to surviving a vicious lion attack, from being a bouncer in a brothel, to being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen. Many times tony fitzjohn has put his life on the line for the cause in which he believes.
Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy
HarperOne #ad - It is a grand saga of a pivotal time in our nation's history. Once you have read this groundbreaking work, the American Indian, you will never look at Chief Joseph, or our nation's westward journey in the same way again. Its events brush against the california Gold Rush, the great western pioneer migration, the Civil War, and the building of the telegraph and the transcontinental railroad.
Its pages are alive with the presence of Lewis and Clark, General George Armstrong Custer, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and Sitting Bull. There, chief joseph, walked across the snowy battlefield, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, handed his rifle to the U.
S. Military commander who had been pursuing them, "From where the sun now stands, and spoke his now-famous words, I will fight no more forever. The story has been told many times, but never before in its entirety or with such narrative richness. Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of lewis and clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, 800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation -- the 1, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon through the most difficult, mountainous country in western America to the high, women, wintry plains of Montana.
Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy #ad - Drawing on four years of research, and 20, nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives' unlikely welcome in Bismarck, 000 miles of travel, interviews, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, North Dakota, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland.
Pleasure and Privilege: Life in France, Naples, and America 1770-1790
New Word City, Inc. #ad - It was an era that saw the rise of the colony of san leucio, required education, boasting an elected assembly with nobility, and vaccination - all in the midst of the kingdom of Naples, ruled over by Marie Antoinette's slightly more clever sister and a court as irresponsible and even more disorganized with candelabra but no plates for dining than the French model it slavishly aped.
Bernier has given us a marvelously spirited view of those two pivotal decades when modern history began, when royalty and revolution, ironically, joined unwilling and violent hands to usher in a new age. Yet this spendthrift culture also produced the beginnings of just about everything "modern" we take for granted - fast communications, fast foods, and mass production, to name only a few.
Pleasure and Privilege: Life in France, Naples, and America 1770-1790 #ad - It was a remarkable era by any standards, giving rise to ideas of liberty that in the end buried the very monarchy that sacrificed to make them a reality in the United States. The result is fascinating history, filled with irony and contradiction. French culture during the 1770s and 1780s bloomed as it never had before or never has since, frivolous, producing the most etiquette-ridden, glittering, and useless aristocracy since Louis XVI carried the court off to Versailles a hundred years earlier.
Only those who lived before the Revolution know how sweet life can be, " Talleyrand wrote, many years before the event. Those who dip into olivier Bernier's lively pages will discover just how sweet, how deep the pleasure, how precious the privilege. For he has populated this book with real people and offers real facts about them and their societies, memoirs, diaries, all based on personal letters, and biographies.
Penguin Books #ad - A vibrant new novel from penelope lively—a wry, wise story about the surprising ways lives intersectLook out for Penelope Lively’s new book, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. When charlotte rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike.
A writer of rare wisdom, and humor, elegance, Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are on full display in this masterful work. From the Trade Paperback edition. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true; an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends.
How It All Began: A Novel #ad - Through a richly conceived and colorful cast of characters, Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people's lives and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet. Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature, How It All Began is an engaging, contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion of loyal fans as well as new readers.
Blackstone Publishing #ad - Susan and tasha jockey for alpha position as they pursue certification in avalanche, water, and wilderness recovery. With the face of a baby bear and the temperament of an NFL linebacker, Tasha constantly tests Susan’s determination to transform her into a rescue dog. They won’t get paid even a bag of kibble for their efforts, yet they launch dozens of missions to rescue the missing or recover the remains of victims of nature and crime.
Training with tasha in the field to find, recover, and rescue the lost became Susan’s passion. When she learns about avalanches that bury people without warning, she challenges herself: “What if I teach a dog to save lives?” This quest propels her to train the best possible search dog, vowing to never leave anyone behind.
With no clue how to care for a houseplant, let alone a dog, she chooses a five-week-old Labrador retriever, Tasha. But it was also her circumstance—she was in many ways as lost as anyone she ever pulled out of an avalanche or found huddled in the woods. Susan eventually learns to truly communicate with Tasha by seeing the world through her dog’s nose.
Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost—and Myself #ad - As the first female team in a male-dominated search-and-rescue community, they face resistance at every turn. Susan was convinced that only happened to other people, until Tasha and a life in the mountains taught her otherwise. Somewhere between hunting for gold in Latin America as a geologist and getting married to a new husband, thirty-three-year-old Susan Purvis loses her way.