[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] FW: Three Non-fiction book suggestions
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Three more books from Karin.
From: Karin Jernberg [mailto:krjernberg at hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2019 2:48 PM
To: John Halverson <jwh100 at outlook.com>
Subject: Three Non-fiction book suggestions
Destiny of the republic: a tale of madness, medicine, and the murder of a president DB 73787
Millard, Candice<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/search/lastname/page/1/sort/s/srch/Millard%252C%2520Candice>. Reading time 11 hours, 40 minutes
James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back.
But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what happened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in turmoil. The unhinged assassin’s half-delivered strike shattered the fragile national mood of a country so recently fractured by civil war, and left the wounded president as the object of a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle for power—over his administration, over the nation’s future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. A team of physicians administered shockingly archaic treatments, to disastrous effect. As his condition worsened, Garfield received help: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, worked around the clock to invent a new device capable of finding the bullet.
Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic will stand alongside The Devil in the White City and The Professor and the Madman as a classic of narrative history.
The book of joy: lasting happiness in a changing world DB 85769
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/search/lastname/page/1/sort/s/srch/Bstan-%25CA%25BCdzin-rgya-mtsho%252C%2520Dalai%2520Lama%2520XIV> Tutu, Desmond<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/search/lastname/page/1/sort/s/srch/Tutu%252C%2520Desmond>. Reading time 10 hours, 15 minutes.
Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?
They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.
We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.
The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.
West with the night DB 23744
Markham, Beryl<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/search/lastname/page/1/sort/s/srch/Markham%252C%2520Beryl>. Reading time 9 hours, 23 minutes.
“With the skill of someone who has filled long nights with stories, Markham recounts her adventures—discoveries, rescues, and narrow escapes, the glint of an airplane abandoned in the desert, the look of a lion about to pounce. . . . Much more than a pilot’s memoir, West With the Night is a wise, funny, and inspiring exploration of a life well lived.” —The Nation
About the Author
Born in 1902 in Ashwell, England, and raised in Kenya, Beryl Markham was a celebrated aviator and horse trainer whose memoir, West with the Night, remains a classic of the genre. When she was four, her family settled in Njoro, Kenya. Her mother soon returned to England, but Markham stayed, living in Kenya for the rest of her life. A noted maverick, she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west and the first person to fly nonstop from England to North America. Her memoir earned early critical praise and, upon its reprinting in 1982, became a surprise bestseller. Markham died in 1986.
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