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  • Joel Cunningham 12:52 pm on 2018/10/05 Permalink
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    #1000books Instagram Sweepstakes Official Rules 

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

    The Barnes & Noble 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes“) is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 122 Fifth Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10011.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes.  A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, and its and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.  

    START/END DATES: Sweeps begins at 12:00:00 P.M. Eastern Time (“EDT”) on Friday, October 5,, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. EDT on Friday, October 5, 2018(the “Entry Period”). 

    HOW TO ENTER: Entry does not require a payment or a purchase of any kind. To enter the Sweepstakes, an Entrant must have an Instagram account. If you do not have an Instagram account, you may create one for free by visiting www.Instagram.com. By submitting your information and creating an account, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy of Instagram. If you do not agree to such terms of use and privacy policy, you cannot create an account or participate in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor may not receive Entries from Instagram users with “private” updates (i.e., Entrant has set his or her account so that only people the Entrant has approved can view his or her updates.) If Entrant is using his or her mobile device to enter, charges, including message and data rates, may apply. Entrants should consult their wireless service provider regarding its pricing plans. 

    Follow Sponsor’s Instagram account at https://instagram.com/barnesandnoble and follow the directions in the relevant #1000Books Sweepstakes post to post the title of a book you think everyone should read before they die and the hashtags #1000Books and #Sweeps in the Comments.  Limit one (1) entry per unique Instagram account and per person during the Entry Period. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor.  No other entry method will be accepted.

    WINNER SELECTION: One (1) winner will be selected by random drawing from amongst all eligible entries received on or about October 8, 2018.  Proof of transmission is not proof of receipt.  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes and determines the order of receipt of entries.  All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes.). 

    WINNER NOTIFICATION/VALIDATION: The potential Winner will be notified by Direct Message on Instagram by October 8, 2018 and the potential Winner may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity form (where legal) within seven (7) days of date of attempted notification. Noncompliance within this time period, or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, time period permitted, an alternate potential Winner may be selected. The prize will be fulfilled approximately 1 week after winner validation. Any Winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize. 

    PRIZE AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will receive one (1) hardcover copy of the book 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die signed by the author, James Mustich (ARV: $35.00) No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable.  All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

    GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use Winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize; (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered Entries; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweeps or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their Entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award the prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled prior to the stated end date, a notice will be posted at www.instagram.com/barnesandnoble. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes. 

    WINNERS’ NAMES: Winner (Instagram handle) will be posted on Sponsor’s Instagram account when available. 

    NO WARRANTIES: Sponsor makes no warranties regarding any prize furnished as part of this Sweepstakes. Any prize, and all materials furnished as part of or in connection with this Sweepstakes are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose.

    PRIVACY: Any information submitted to Sponsor, including all Entries will be governed by the terms of Barnes & Noble’s User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

    GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of any entrant, Sponsor, and/or any of the Released Parties shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of New York, County of New York. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of New York with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Contest.

    NO IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT: The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company including Instagram, Inc., or the inclusion of a product or service as the prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred.

     

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  • Jeff Somers 6:00 pm on 2018/10/04 Permalink
    Tags: , read the room, what color is your parachute   

    10 Books To Read Before Your Next Job Interview 

    Job interviews are among the most stressful and anxiety-producing moments in life. Whatever level your career, the fact is you’re submitting yourself to the judgment of strangers for whom you must distill the essence of your skills and experience into a series of bite-sized answers. Everyone knows the fear that you’ll miss out on a great opportunity just because you flubbed one question, or because your handshake was too sweaty, or because the interviewer decided to ask how many hot dogs get eaten every day in the world.

    To avoid disaster and regret, Preparation is key. If you’ve got time to read, before your interview, you’ve got time to acquire the skills and develop strategies that will ensure that even if you don’t get the job, it won’t be because you screwed up the interview. Here are 10 books that will make you the darling of hiring managers everywhere.

    Interview-Specific

    Presence, by Amy Cuddy
    While most of us focus on studying up on the company we are interviewing for so we can answer every question and amaze with our experience and intelligence, there’s a whole other aspect that’s all about how you present yourself—your posture, your clothing, your presence. Harvard professor Cuddy gave a TED Talk about this very subject, then distilled it into this book, which will give you insight into how you can harness your energy and physicality in order to be confident and present in the moment. Although not specific to interviews, there’s little doubt Cuddy’s ideas won’t lead to a better impression in the room.

    Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview, by Evan Pellett
    Go straight to the source, and find out recruiters and hiring managers are thinking, and what they’re looking for from you. Pellet puts together a clear, eight-step process by which you can take control of the interview, allowing you to steer the conversation instead of rushing to keep up. At their core, all interviewers are looking for the same information and processing the same decisions, after all, Pellet helps you see through the superficial differences to the fundamental process underneath.

    The Art of the Interview, by James Storey
    From the basic questions (what is your worst quality?) to the esoteric (how would you design a spice rack for the blind?), interview questions can throw you off your game if you’re not prepared for them—and sometimes, that’s the whole point. The secret to handling any unexpected question is in the preparation—and reading Storey’s book is a great way to start. Covering all kinds of questions, Storey offers ideal responses and explains his thinking as to why they are the right ones. The book is also packed with sample questions, so you can practice your polished responses as well as challenge yourself to answer unexpected queries.

    Smart Answers to Tricky Interview Questions, by Rob Yeung
    Although also focused on tricky interview questions, Yeung’s book includes other scenarios to prepare for, as seen from an insider’s perspective—his work involves writing interview questions for recruiters. He offers guidance on how to instantly build rapport with interviewers and how to handle a wide variety of unexpected situations, including those tricky questions that seem designed to make you panic (and maybe they are). Yeung’s all-business approach is refreshingly focused, and offers a lot of return on your investment if you’re pressed for time before the big day.

    Mastering the Fundamentals

    How to Talk to Anyone, by Leil Lowndes
    An interview is, at its core, a meeting between people, and the simple fact is, some of us are naturals at being charming and relaxed when interacting with strangers, and some of us are… not. Lowndes offers a guide to being relaxed and in control of every situation, and leveraging that comfort into developing commanding conversational skills that will serve you well in a wide variety of situations—including even the most intimidating interviews. Lowndes covers everything from massaging egos to reading rooms, skills that will make it easier to perfect your presentation in just about any interview, allowing you to bring your knowledge and experience to the fore.

    What Color is Your Parachute?, by Richard N. Bolles
    This is the classic resource for job searchers, updated for the modern age and as valuable as ever. It covers every aspect of finding a new gig, from writing your resume to networking effectively, to, yes, the interview itself. While focusing in on the interview makes sense when you’ve gotten that far with your dream job, you have to actually get there first, so this holistic resource will not just prepare you to wow them in person, it will guide you to identifying the right job in the first place, and making sure you get that crucial first call.

    Business Writing Today, by Natalie C. Canavor
    After the interview comes the thank-you emails and follow-up communication—which is actually part of the interview process. You might have impressed them in the room, but if your follow-ups are poorly-written and laden with typos and grammatical errors, none of it will matter. Canavor offers not a general writing guide, but a specific one, focused on business writing. Reading it before your interview will prepare you to craft professional-sounding emails that will be the capper to a great interview performance. And once you have your dream job, this book will also help you keep up that sheen of competence in every memo you compose going forward.

    Outliers

    Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
    You might wonder how George Orwell’s memoir about living in poverty in the beginning of the century can help you with your interview. The answer is: perspective. Orwell, young and dumb in the ways of young people everywhere, was robbed by a woman of low reputation while, er, spending time with her, and invented a story on the spot to spare his parents the shock. Broke, he was forced to get a job washing dishes to survive, but that job led him to his first major publication credit. The moral? Your job search might take you in unexpected directions, but sometimes, the journey is the point, not the destination.

    Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
    Just about every CEO wants to be Steve Jobs, and every executive wants to be CEO, meaning the business world is littered with folks who think they think different. Chances are good you’re going to encounter at least one Jobs acolyte who thinks management is all about willing things into reality, so you’d do well to understand the mindset before you wander into that interview. Plus, it serves as a good reminder that even Steve Jobs got fired and wandered the professional wilderness—so don’t sweat the interview too much. If it doesn’t work out, there will be another one.

    Grant, by Ron Chernow
    What can the biography of one of America’s great military leaders tell you about your upcoming interview? Well, Grant spent the first 40 years of his life more or less continuously failing: he lost jobs, lived in near-poverty, and by the time of the Civil War, was a broken, sad-sack of a man—a professional and financial failure. And then: he rose to be the supreme commander of the United States military, and was then elected president, proving that no matter how many interviews you bomb, you’re not done until you give up. Take a breath, read more books, get some sleep, and send out another stack of resumes.

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  • Jeff Somers 4:24 pm on 2018/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: , andy carpenter, , , Deck the Hounds, , lou berney, , , , otto penzler, , , The Big Book of Female Detectives,   

    October’s Best New Mysteries 

    October is a month for scares and thrills—but there are scares and thrills in the world that have nothing to do with ghosts and goblins. This month’s best mysteries are here to get those goose-pimples popping and those neck hairs rising without a single witch, vampire bat, or werewolf necessary.

    November Road, by Lou Berney
    Berney spins a karmic tale about a mob fixer named Frank Guidry working in New Orleans in 1963. Guidry snips loose ends for his boss Carlos Marcello, violently if necessary. He gets the job of leaving a car in a Dallas parking lot, and after President Kennedy is assassinated he realizes he provided a getaway vehicle for the real shooter—and worse, now he’s a loose end. Trailed by Marcello’s top hitman, Guidry flees and meets up with Charlotte Roy, an unhappy but steel-tipped housewife escaping an abusive husband. As the tension rises, the two find themselves making a surprisingly effective team as they seek to survive in different ways.

    Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales, by P.D. James
    This cunning assortment of previously uncollected stories from the indomitable author of Death Comes to Pemberley is filled with tales of crimes committed long ago, complete with the chilling rationalizations that so often accompany them. Take a deep dive into the heart of a killer, and explore the push-pull in the minds of murderers, witnesses, orchestrators of the perfect crime, and unwitting victims. James’s formidable talent shines even more brightly in her shorter works.

    Deck the Hounds (Andy Carpenter Series #18), by David Rosenfelt
    Rosenfelt’s 18th Andy Carpenter novel brings Christmas to Paterson, New Jersey. Andy tries to help out a homeless man named Don Carrigan, offering the veteran and his dog the Carpenter garage apartment during the cold weather. But when Don is arrested for murder, Andy finds himself taking on a new legal client. There’s a sniper working in the area, and Andy quickly finds himself dealing with a blood-curdling series of crimes that put both Don and Andy’s lives in danger. Rosenfelt’s characters are as warm and bighearted as ever, and the holiday setting makes this a great gift for the person who has everything, especially the previous 17 Andy Carpenter books.

    The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny
    Anyone looking to skim the cream of mystery fiction need look no further—between them, guest editor Penny and series editor Otto Penzler offer up twenty of the absolute best from the famous and the soon-to-be. Penny’s thoughtful selections feature fantastic short fiction from Michael Connelly, Martin Limón, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Andrew Klaven, Paul D. Mark, Joyce Carol Oates, Andrew Bourelle, and twelve others. The choices run the gamut from surprising reinventions of the genre to masterful exercises in the genre’s traditional beats and pleasures.

    The Big Book of Female Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler
    The legendary Otto Penzler continues his popular ‛Big Book’ series with a deep dive into detective fiction with a decidedly female-first focus; considering the current climate, the timing for such a book couldn’t be better. With authors including Agatha Christie (who offers up a delightful Tommy and Tuppence mystery), Marcia Muller (who contributes a Sharon McCone adventure), Phyllis Bentley, Charlotte Armstrong, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Mignon G. Eberhart, this anthology once again demonstrates why Penzler is the most reliable editor working in the mystery genre today.

    October isn’t just a month of tricks and treats—it’s also a month for gumshoes and gimlet-eyed private detectives. Which mysteries will you be reading this month?

    Shop all mystery and crime >

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:31 pm on 2018/10/02 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , mira lyn kelly, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Arson Investigators, ER Nurses, and Hotel Heirs 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a sous chef who falls for her hunky neighbor, a defense attorney who is being framed, and a lady who gets some much-needed help from her longtime crush.

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Romance readers who love a bit of fantasy and doomsday in their books will enjoy Roberts’ latest yarn. A mysterious illness wipes out more than half of the world’s population, and magick—both good and bad—is becoming the new normal. Lana Bingham and her hunky man, Max, practice the good kind of magic, but they’re going to have to work very hard in order to avoid—and help beat—the bad kind. They decide to ditch New York City in search of a safer environment (and, presumably, cheaper rent), and collaborate with a colorful cast of characters along the way. With magick and mayhem and romance, this will be the perfect sink-your-teeth-into-it winter story! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the Ones series. (Available in paperback on October 2.)

    Alaskan Holiday, by Debbie Macomber
    Sous chef Josie Stewart has a sweet new job opportunity lined up at a highfalutin restaurant in Seattle. Before she embarks upon this glamorous new chapter, she decides to do a six-month stint cooking at a lodge in Klutina Lake, Alaska. She soon realizes that she likes the place—like, a lot—and she also likes her new neighbor, Palmer Saxon. He is a sword craftsman, so you know he’s got that whole protective, use-all-my-resources-to-make-sure-you-don’t-starve thing going on. Oh, he’s also smoldering and silent and mysterious, which makes him even more irresistible to our gal. The thing is, our gal really had her heart set on going to The Emerald City and making her mark on the food scene there. Josie, think of the many, many nights – and the many, many ways – in which you and Palmer can keep each other warm! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is not having the best time right now. She was once a fearless firefighter, but then she made a mistake and now she’s relegated to arson investigations. This may sound totally cool, but it’s just not enough for our gal. Then a bunch of weird fires start popping up around the city, which gets her fires going. She’s also crushing on Danny McGuire, who is considered her department’s bad boy. He may be all abs and sinew, but Danny’s going through a tough time of his own right now, and it seems that helping Anne investigate these mysterious fires is going to get his engines going again. It doesn’t take long for them both to realize that they’d like to help each other put on—and also take off—their bunker gear. Here’s hoping they catch the arsonist, and that they each find the love and peace – and promotions – they deserve! This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Unchained, by Helen Hardt
    Dante Gabriel has escaped. He was held as a blood slave for years by a female vampire, and let’s just say it was no picnic. (Dude, sending you all the hugs!) He decides to rob a blood bank to satisfy his blood thirst, and that’s when he meets ER nurse Erin Hamilton. She’s working the night shift, and let’s just say she did NOT expect to find a super hot man in front of her, the kind of super hot man who would make any rational woman immediately want to drop panty. (Oh, that we all could have a wonderfully gorgeous surprise such as Gabriel interrupt our work day!) They each decide they’re just WAY too attracted to each other and embark upon a delicious affair. But Gabriel is afraid he’ll end up hurting Erin, and she’s got a major secret to keep. Can they find a way to create a loving and peaceful life together? This is the first book in Hardt’s Blood Bond saga. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Death is Not Enough, by Karen Rose
    Our guy Thorne had a very troubled youth, and this motivated him to become the top-notch defense attorney in Baltimore that he is today. He specifically helps young people who are in the same boat as he once was. (Smart with a giant heart AND a face chiseled by the angels? Oh, Thorne, you really are the total package!) He’s got a secret love, though, for Gwyn Weaver. (Gwyn, please, please, please tell us you feel the same way for Thorne!) When Thorne wakes up with a dead woman in his bed, he’ll need to work extremely hard to figure out who exactly is out to get him. Thorne, we all believe in you, buddy! And Gwyn, give him a helping hand – and please realize that he will never let you down! This is the latest book in Rose’s Baltimore series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Just This Once, by Mira Lyn Kelly
    Sean Wyse III may be the heir to a luxury chain of hotels, but he’s not some coddled little shrimp. This is a guy who loves his friends and wants to help them, which is why he kicks out Molly Brandt’s good-for-nothing, freeloading roommate. Just to make sure the deadbeat doesn’t come back, he moves in with Molly himself. The thing is, Molly and Sean both have had the feelings for each other for quite some time, and they’re both still trying to keep it under wraps. (Oh, Sean, just please make sure you don’t keep everything under wraps!) Living in close proximity forces them both to confront their feelings for each other and acknowledge the fact that, yes, they would, in fact, love to be nekkid together as often as possible. Sean and Molly, stop dawdling and get to business! This is the third book in Kelly’s Wedding Date series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

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  • Ross Johnson 8:00 pm on 2018/10/01 Permalink
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    October’s Best Biographies and Memoirs 

    The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane Leavy
    Everyone knows his name, but the specifics of the life and legacy of the 20th century’s biggest baseball star have begun to fade. This new biography comes just in time: Ruth almost singlehandedly invented celebrity culture, particularly with regard to athletes, and it’s impossible to understand much of our modern world without considering Ruth, and the very large life he lead. As a means of capturing the excitement and appeal that surrounded the complex figure, Leavy centers her book around the three-week barnstorming victory tour that Ruth undertook with Lou Gehrig in 1927.

    The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: American Icon, by Antonia Felix with Mimi Leder
    Our unlikeliest pop culture icon, Supreme Court Justice RBG’s face adorns T-shirts, coffee mugs, and even action figures. In celebration of her quarter-century on the Court, as well as of a forthcoming biopic, this pictorial overview covers the entirety of her life and career, from her youth, to her education, to her continuing judicial legacy. In addition to the pictures and illustrations, the book includes quotes, excerpts of speeches and opinions, and commentary.

    This Will Only Hurt a Little, by Busy Philipps
    Actress and Instagram star Phillips shares the deeply candid story of her life and career in a book that’s both deeply funny and straight-talking in its assessment of the challenges of making it in a sexist system (she recounts instances of on-set bullying and body shaming). As she does in her acting and in her social media, Phillips holds back nothing on the page, neither triumphs or stumbles.

    All the Way: Football, Fame, and Redemption, by Joe Namath with Don Yaeger
    Fifty years after Namath lead the New York Jets to a Super Bowl victory against the Baltimore Colts, the icon tells the story of his journey from small-town Pennsylvania kid to sports legend. Across half a century, Namath spent time at the height of celebrity, but also dealt with debilitating injuries that saw him addicted to painkillers and alcohol. Here, he reveals that the charmed life he appeared to lead masked real challenges.

    Reagan: An American Journey, by Bob Spitz
    One of the most fascinating people to have ever sat in the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan has remained an elusive figure, notoriously challenging biographers who have struggled to separate the human from the actor. Bob Spitz promises a post-partisan look at the beloved but divisive president, covering the entire scope of his life with information gathered from hundreds of interviews as well as newly available documents. He covers not just the success in politics, but also the impoverished and bookish upbringing that somehow paved the way for a career in Hollywood and beyond. Fully reckoning with Reagan’s strengths and weaknesses, Spitz’s book represents our most complete picture to date of a complicated figure.

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography, by Eric Idle
    Next year marks a half-century since Monty Python first appeared on television, and this new autobiography from one of the leading lights of the surrealist comedy troupe seems a fitting way to kick off the celebration. In the ’60s, Eric Idle was at the forefront of Britain’s cultural revolution, rubbing shoulders with the Beatles and Bowie, before becoming a mainstream star through work on films like Life of Brian and, more recently, Broadway’s musical sensation Spamalot. It’s a fascinating and funny look behind the scenes of a fascinating life.

    Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon
    Essayist, novelist, and English professor Laymon describes his long road from a hard-headed, troubled youth in Mississippi, to world-class educator. It’s the story of his own life—and struggles with abuse, sexual violence, obesity, gambling, and anorexia—but it’s also about the nation writ large, and about the black experience in a country desperately determined to avoid reckoning with its past.

    Grant, by Ron Chernow
    Our view of Ulysses S. Grant is frequently framed around a well-meaning presidency marred by scandals that occurred on his watch but outside his view. He’s frequently characterized as either a failed businessman who chanced into the top job in the Union army, or as a brutal general. Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow, one of our most important popular historians, paints a fuller picture of Grant’s life, with ups and downs that make for great drama. His efforts to destroy the KKK and advocate for equal justice are among the many elements that make his story important even today.

    Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
    Writing biographies of geniuses Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin was just a warm-up for Walter Isaacson, who here takes on one of history’s most towering intellectual figures: the polymath Leonardo, whose talents combined art and science in a way that’s never quite been replicated in the centuries since he lived. Isaacson’s biography looks not just at Leonardo’s life, but also attempts to unravel the unique combination of talent and ambition that drove him.

    Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, by Chris Matthews
    Following up on his JFK biography Jack Kennedy, MSNBC anchor Matthews turns his eye on younger brother Bobby, whose impact on the 1960s was almost as great. In Matthews’ extensively researched book, it becomes clear that Bobby had the potential to go even further than Jack; eschewing a career as a naval officer in favor of a joining on as a common sailor, Bobby developed skills that Matthews suggests led him to connect with voters from all walks of life. It’s a revealing portrait of a man who never really got a chance to show us all he was made of.

    Whose story inspires you?

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