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Bad call - a summer job on a New York ambulance Bad call - a summer job on a New York ambulance

An adrenaline-fueled read that will stay with you long after the you turn the final page, BAD CALL is a "compulsively readable, totally unforgettable"* memoir about working on a New York City ambulance in the 1960s. (*James Patterson). Bad Call is Mike Scardino's visceral, fast-moving, and mordantly funny account of the summers he spent working as an "ambulance attendant" on the mean streets of late-1960s New York. Fueled by adrenaline and Sabrett's hot dogs, young Mike spends his days speeding

Jul 14, 2018
Benjamin Franklin - an American life Benjamin Franklin - an American life

Chronicles the founding father's life and his multiple careers as a shopkeeper, writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, business strategist, and political leader, while showing how his faith in the wisdom of the common citizen helped to forge an American national identity based on the virtues of its middle class.

Jul 19, 2018
Herndon's Life of Lincoln - the history and personal recollections of Abraham Lincoln Herndon's Life of Lincoln - the history and personal recollections of Abraham Lincoln

William H. Herndon was Abraham Lincoln's law partner, close friend, and first great biographer. His Life of Lincoln, written to counteract the worshipful view of Lincoln held by the public, caused enormous controversy when first published in 1889. Unlike the hagiographies that celebrate the selflessness of the "Great Emancipator," Herndon's account emphasizes Lincoln's private life: his broodings, self-doubts, warring contradictions. Many have disputed Herndon's politcal and personal insights, i

Jul 17, 2018
The healing - one woman's journey from poverty to inner riches The healing - one woman's journey from poverty to inner riches

"In this memoir of upward mobility through an unexpected route, a young black American woman signs up for lessons in yoga and clean eating as signifiers of her new middle class status, little realizing that her new lifestyle will bring her face to face with the inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction, and poverty she witnessed as a child. Graduating, getting established in your career, and dating another professional are things many young middle-class women expect to do and take for

Jul 14, 2018
The hidden life of Otto Frank The hidden life of Otto Frank

A portrait of Anne Frank's father discusses his privileged youth, arranged marriage, experiences in the concentration camp, decision to publish Anne's diary, and relationship with the secret annex's betrayer.

Jul 17, 2018
The king's assassin - the secret plot to murder King James I The king's assassin - the secret plot to murder King James I

"An absorbing account of the conspiracy to kill King James I by his handsome lover, the Duke of Buckingham, an historical crime that has remained hidden for 400 years. The rise of George Villiers from minor gentry to royal power seemed to defy gravity. Becoming gentleman of the royal bedchamber in 1615, the young gallant enraptured James, Britain's first Stuart king, royal adoration reaching such an intensity that the king declared he wanted the courtier to become his 'wife'. For a decade, Villi

Jul 14, 2018