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How to make a spaceship - a band of renegades, an epic race, and the birth of private space flight How to make a spaceship - a band of renegades, an epic race, and the birth of private space flight

"Alone in a spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world's first commercial astronaut. The spectacle defied reason, the result of a competition dreamed up by entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, whose vision for a new race to space required small teams to do what only the world's lar

Sep 26, 2016
American hero - the true story of Tommy Hitchcock - sports star, war hero, and champion of the war-winning P-51 Mustang American hero - the true story of Tommy Hitchcock - sports star, war hero, and champion of the war-winning P-51 Mustang

Sep 30, 2016
Spaceman - an astronaut's unlikely journey to unlock the secrets of the universe Spaceman - an astronaut's unlikely journey to unlock the secrets of the universe

"A memoir by an unlikely astronaut who helped save the Hubble telescope describes his early attempts to gain admission into NASA, his first spacewalks, the loss of his fellow astronauts in the Columbia disaster, his decision not to return to space and his ongoing support of future space-travel ventures,"--NoveList.

Sep 30, 2016
My own words My own words

"The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993--a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on the value of look

Sep 30, 2016
Life as Jamie knows it - an exceptional child grows up Life as Jamie knows it - an exceptional child grows up

"The story of Jamie Berube's journey to adulthood and a meditation on disability in American life Published in 1996, Life as We Know It introduced Jamie Berube to the world as a sweet, bright, gregarious little boy who loves the Beatles, pizza, and making lists. At four, he is like many young people his age, but his Down syndrome leads most people to see him only in terms of his disability. Twenty years later, Jamie is no longer little, though he still loves the Beatles, pizza, and making lists.

Sep 30, 2016
The fortress - a love story The fortress - a love story

Trussoni believed she controlled the narration of her life. But from their first kiss she was spellbound by Nikolai, a novelist from Bulgaria, sharing a love of jazz and books and travel, passions that intensify their whirlwind romance. Eight years later, hopeful to renew their marriage, they move to the south of France, to a picturesque medieval village in the Languedoc, where they buy a thirteenth-century stone fortress. It is here she finds the strength to overcome her illusions, and start ag

Sep 30, 2016
Eleanor and Hick - the love affair that shaped a First Lady Eleanor and Hick - the love affair that shaped a First Lady

Sep 30, 2016
American Ulysses - a life of Ulysses S. Grant American Ulysses - a life of Ulysses S. Grant

"From the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America's greatest generals--and most misunderstood presidents,"--Amazon.com.

Sep 30, 2016
The startup game - inside the partnership between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs The startup game - inside the partnership between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs

Bill Draper examines the relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, discusses how to evaluate innovative ideas and the role of political leadership in creating opportunity, and provides real-life examples.

Sep 30, 2016
Semisweet - an orpnah's journey through the school the Hersheys built Semisweet - an orpnah's journey through the school the Hersheys built

In a riveting and haunting account, O'Brien tells a universal story about the vulnerability of needy children, describes the madness that consumed his beloved brother, explores the cruelty of bullies - both young and old - exposes the corrupting influence of money, and shows how the Milton Hershey School continues its sacred mission of saving thousands of America's neediest children.

Sep 30, 2016
Lincoln's greatest journey - sixteen days that changed a presidency, March 24-April 8, 1865 Lincoln's greatest journey - sixteen days that changed a presidency, March 24-April 8, 1865

Sep 30, 2016
Marrow - a love story Marrow - a love story

"The author of the New York Times bestseller Broken Open returns with a visceral and profound memoir of two sisters who, in the face of a bone marrow transplant--one the donor and one the recipient--begin a quest for acceptance, authenticity, and most of all, love. A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Lesser has sought understanding about w

Sep 30, 2016
Herbert Hoover - a life Herbert Hoover - a life

adapted from dust jacket.

Sep 30, 2016
Karl Marx - greatness and illusion Karl Marx - greatness and illusion

As much a portrait of his time as a biography of the man, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion returns the author of Das Kapital to his nineteenth-century world, before twentieth-century inventions transformed him into Communism's patriarch and fierce lawgiver. Gareth Stedman Jones depicts an era dominated by extraordinary challenges and new notions about God, human capacities, empires, and political systems--and, above all, the shape of the future. In the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, a Eur

Sep 30, 2016
The book of Isaias - a child of Hispanic immigrants seeks his own America The book of Isaias - a child of Hispanic immigrants seeks his own America

"In a green town in the middle of America, a bright 18-year-old Hispanic student named Isaias Ramos sets out on the journey to college. Isaias, who passed a prestigious national calculus test as a junior and leads the quiz bowl team, is the hope of Kingsbury High in Memphis, a school where many students have difficulty reading. But Kingsbury's dysfunction, expensive college fees, and forms printed in a language that's foreign to his parents are all obstacles in the way of getting him to a univer

Sep 30, 2016
A life everlasting - the extraordinary story of one boy's gift to medical science A life everlasting - the extraordinary story of one boy's gift to medical science

"A donor mother's powerful memoir of grief and rebirth that is also a fascinating medical science whodunit, taking us inside the world of organ, eye, tissue, and blood donation and cutting-edge scientific research. When Sarah Gray received the devastating news that her unborn son Thomas was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition, she decided she wanted his death--and life--to have meaning. In the weeks before she gave birth to her twin sons in 2010, she arranged to donate Thomas's orga

Sep 30, 2016
The leper spy - the story of an unlikely hero of World War II The leper spy - the story of an unlikely hero of World War II

"In 1944, as World War II raged in the Pacific, a young, vivacious Filipino woman with leprosy named Josefina Guerrero was swept up in the underground guerrilla movement in Manila. The convent-educated girl who loved reading poetry and listening to Chopin and Beethoven became one of the most reliable and courageous spies for the United States in the Pacific Theater, putting her life at risk for no reward but to help the Americans oust the Japanese occupiers from her homeland. She stalked through

Sep 30, 2016