The Things I Want Most: The Extraordinary Story of a Boy’s Journey to a Family of His Own

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Bantam #ad - From the Trade Paperback edition. But first they would have to work through the fear, anger, and distrust that accompanied this boy who had lived his whole life with the label "severely emotionally disturbed. For the biggest obstacle to mike's happiness was Mike himself, who gave the Miniters every reason to give up but one--the power of love.

When richard and sue miniter decided to open their home--and their hearts--to a foster child, the breakthroughs and setbacks, they couldn't imagine the frustrations and joys, not to mention the emotional toll, that awaited them. Here is the remarkable true story of how their lives changed forever with their decision to answer an abandoned child's wish for THE THINGS I WANT MOST.

The Things I Want Most: The Extraordinary Story of a Boy's Journey to a Family of His Own #ad - The remarkable story of a couple who risked everything to open their home--and their hearts--to answer an abandoned child's wish. It was a small note buried in the file of a deeply troubled eleven-year-old boy--a plea for a normal life Rich and Sue Miniter couldn't ignore:The Things I Want MOST:A familyA fishing poleA familyThe Miniters heard in that simple note the voice of a frightened child who wanted what all children want and need: someone to love who would love them in return.

So they brought mike home to the cozy country inn they'd restored and managed in rural upstate New York. There, over the next year, they would try to make Mike's dream come true.

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Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway

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Casemate #ad - Rosalie worked his accounts into a manuscript, which following her sudden death, languished in an attic for over thirty years. One, james gee, pfc, usMC did a particularly detailed job. During world War II, Lt. At the end of the war, survivors of the sinking of the USS Houston in 1942, a group of liberated prisoners of war from Southeast Asia, was sent to the ward for treatment.

. Now rediscovered, James's story can be told to a new generation. Many were encouraged to write down their experiences as part of their therapy. Rosalie Hamric was an R. N. Serving as charge nurse in the Psychiatric Ward of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Hospital. His account covers the sinking of the Houston, his rescue by a Japanese ship, and his experiences in Japanese camps over the next three years.

Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway #ad - Initially a prisoner in java forced to load and unload enemy ships, he was then transferred to Burma where he worked on the "death railway, then in Batavia, " living on the banks of the River Kwai. Those who survived the hard labor and harsh conditions there would be sent onto Thailand, then Singapore before arriving in Japan in 1945, spending the last few months of the war working in coal mines just 40 miles outside Nagasaki.

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Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER

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Bantam #ad - . Then she came to Bellevue. In this absorbing memoir, tragically comic, and profoundly moving: the serial killer, Holland recounts stories from her vast case files that are alternately terrifying, the schizophrenic begging for an injection of club soda to quiet the voices in his head, the naked man barking like a dog in Times Square, the subway conductor who helplessly watched a young woman pushed into the path of his train.

Holland takes us for a ride through the psych ER that is at once wild and poignant, a ride that leaves deep tracks in even the healthiest of minds. Katrina Firlik, M. D. Author of another day in the Frontal LobeJulie Holland thought she knew what crazy was. Holland is a good storyteller with a dark wit. New york post “equal parts affecting, jaw-dropping, and engrossing.

Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER #ad - Booklist. For nine eventful years, Dr. Writing with uncommon candor, holland supplies not only a page-turner with all the fast-paced immediacy of a TV medical drama but also a fascinating glimpse into the inner lives of doctors who struggle to maintain perspective in a world where sanity is in the eye of the beholder.

Praise for weekends at bellevue“an extraordinary insider’s look at the typical days and nights of that most extraordinary place, tenderness, written with a rare combination of toughness, and outrageous humor. Andrew Weil, M.

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Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

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Penguin Books #ad - Dog medicine captures the anguish of depression, the beauty of forgiveness, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. Psychiatrists, and family tried to intervene, therapists, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker.

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself #ad - She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression. An honest and deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her lifeA New York Times Bestseller “Dog Medicine simply has to be your next must-read.

Cheryl strayed at twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. Summoned by julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.

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The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . A Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

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Broadway Books #ad - After representing herself in her trial before north Korea’s highest court, she received a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in the country’s notorious prison camps, leading her to fear she might not ever see her husband and daughter again. The world is bigger now draws us deep into euna lee’s life before and after this experience: what led to her arrival in North Korea, her efforts to survive the agonizing months of detainment, Ling, and how she and her fellow captive, were finally released thanks to the efforts of many individuals, including Bill Clinton.

For nearly five months they remained detained while friends and family in the United States were given little information about their status or conditions. For the first time, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea—tells a harrowing, Euna Lee—the young wife, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world.

The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . A Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness #ad - On march 17, 2009, lee and her current tv colleague laura ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North Koreans fleeing their homeland for a chance at freedom when they were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers. For lee, detention would prove especially harrowing. Lee explains in unforgettable detail what it was like to lose, and then miraculously regain, life as she knew it.

The world is bigger now is the story of faith and love and Euna Lee’s personalconviction that God will sustain and protect us, even in our darkest hours. Imprisoned just 112 miles from where she was born and where her parents still live in Seoul, South Korea, she was branded as a betrayer of her Korean blood by her North Korean captors.

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Pretty Is What Changes: Impossible Choices, The Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny

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Spiegel & Grau #ad - Brava jessica!”—marisa Acocella Marchetto, author of Cancer Vixen. Without flinching, will we willingly trade innocence for the information that could save our lives?   Praise for Pretty Is What Changes   “By turns inspiring, Jessica Queller answers a question we may one day face for ourselves: If genes can map our fates and their dark knowledge is offered to us, sorrowful and profoundly moving.

Superbly informed and armed with surprising wit and style, Queller takes us on an odyssey from the frontiers of science to the private interiors of a woman’s life. It is also an incredibly moving story of what we inherit from our parents and how we fashion it into the stuff of our own lives, of mothers and daughters and sisters, and of the sisterhood that forms when women are united in battle against a common enemy.

Pretty Is What Changes: Impossible Choices, The Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny #ad - Thirty-four, even as it would challenge her most closely held beliefs about body image, unattached, Queller faces an agonizing choice: a lifetime of vigilant screenings and a commitment to fight the disease when caught, and yearning for marriage and a family of her own, or its radical alternative—a prophylactic double mastectomy that would effectively restore life to her, identity, and sexuality.

Readers will be rooting for Queller and her heroic decision to confront her genetic destiny. Publishers weekly   “jessica Queller gives us a warm, chilling, unflinching look at her personal journey of survival with style. Queller’s sense of humor and grace transform the most harrowing of situations into a riveting and heartfelt memoir.

Kirkus reviews   “Seamless and gripping. The results come back positive, putting her at a terrifyingly elevated risk of developing breast cancer before the age of fifty and ovarian cancer in her lifetime.

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Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Based on a beloved ten-part series in the san francisco Chronicle, Come Back, Como is Steven Winn’s tender and hilarious memoir of his uncommonly rich experience with a dog who wanted nothing whatsoever to do with him. With humor and pathos, winn describes the exasperating but ultimately rewarding effects the pet had on his family, the ordeals he and his dog endured together, and the greatest lesson Como taught him: that loving a dog can somehow make us more human.

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One Hundred and Four Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

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William Morrow #ad - Working all hours of the day on their sprawling ranch and raising three boisterous children, they savored the beauty of the veld and the diverse wildlife that grazed the meadows outside their dining room window. Under the threat of death, the family was forced to flee, leaving behind a lifetime's possessions and becoming exiles in the only country they had ever called home.

. As other families across the country fled, they left behind not only their homes but dozens of horses. Devoted animal lovers, pat and mandy—now essentially homeless themselves—vowed to save these horses: Shere Khan, the queen of the herd; Tequila, the silver gelding and leader; Princess, the escape artist forever breaking free and trying to walk back to his original home; Grey, the temperamental mare; and the numerous others they rescued along the way.

After their children, the couple's true pride and joy were their horses. One hundred and four horses is a love story and an epic tale of survival and unbreakable bonds—those that hold us to land and family, but also those between man and the most majestic of animals, the horse. For we all have it within us to lose everything, and still find strength in the most simple, absolutely everything, beautiful things.

One Hundred and Four Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile #ad - Pat and mandy retzlaff lived a hard but satisfying farming life in Zimbabwe. But in early 2001, the retzlaffs' lives were thrown into turmoil when armed members of President Robert Mugabe's War Veterans' Association began invading the farmlands owned by white Zimbabweans and violently reclaiming the land.

There is little in this world that a family cannot endure, if endure they must.

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Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me

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Villard #ad - Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans. Affectionate and intuitive, and the two undertake a journey Katz could not have imagined without the arrival of a new companion: a spirited, Izzy is unlike any dog Katz has encountered, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy named Lenore.

As trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New York, Katz and Izzy bring comfort and canine companionship to people who most need it. As izzy bonds with patients and katz focuses on their families, the author begins to come to terms with his own life, discovering dark realities he has never confronted.

Her genial personality and boundless capacity for affection steer Katz out of the shadows, rekindle his love of working with dogs, and restore his connection to the farm and the animals and people around him. An eighty-year-old alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur.

Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me #ad - Meanwhile, lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam. A retired logger joyfully remembers his own beloved dog when he sees Izzy. Humorous and deeply moving, family, izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, and faith.

Now, once-abandoned dog, in izzy & lenore, Katz delves deeper into his connection with the beautiful, learning yet again about the unexpected places animals can take us. New york times bestsellerbonus: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home.

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Ever By My Side: A Memoir in Eight Acts Pets

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Broadway Books #ad - And he offers a poignant chronicle of his daughter’s devastating diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and how a little yellow Labrador retriever played an important role in bringing joy to their family when they needed it most. He describes wooing his future wife and stepdaughter and perhaps most difficult of all their ornery cat.

In ever by my side, moving, nick turns the lens inward to offer a funny, father, and intimate memoir about how the pets he has had throughout his life have shaped him into the son, husband, and doctor he is today. He writes about his relationship with his father, the man who nurtured Nick’s dream of becoming a vet, even though he couldn’t have imagined the career would lead his only son 3, 000 miles away.

Using his relationships with those beloved animals to tell his life story, Nick shares the profound lessons he’s learned about friendship, loyalty, and resilience. The result is a moving story that speaks not just to animal lovers, but to any reader who appreciates the bonds we have with our loved ones, be they animal or human, and the lengths to which we go to nurture those bonds.

Ever By My Side: A Memoir in Eight Acts Pets #ad - The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck. Dr. Alongside nick’s warm reflections, guidance, the pets in these pages come alive as irresistible characters in their own right and showcase the power of animals to offer a lifetime of consolation, and abiding affection.

Tender, and ruminative, wry, ever by my Side is a tribute to the power and beauty of ordinary life and a celebration of how pets make it all the sweeter and richer.

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Alpha Docs: The Making of a Cardiologist

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Random House #ad - . Hundreds of applicants from all over the world compete to be accepted into the Cardiovascular Disease Training Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. The training is arduous and often unforgiving, as Muñoz and his colleagues are schooled by a staff of brilliant and demanding physicians. Only nine are chosen each year.

How they learn the art and science of untangling cardiac mysteries, how they live up to the standards of an iconic institution, how they survive the pressures and relentlessly push themselves to reach the top ranks of American medicine, supplies the beating heart of this gripping narrative. The competition for training fellowship spots is intense.

Alpha Docs: The Making of a Cardiologist #ad - . Lives are saved—and sometimes lost. Readers accompany muñoz as he interacts with his mentors, counsels worried family members, diagnoses and treats patients, and struggles to stay awake for days and nights on end. Highly recommended. Medical library association “in simple, compelling prose, the astonishing breadth and complexity of top-notch medical training, and often wry, Alpha Docs captures the reader’s attention with gripping case histories, sometimes pointed character sketches of the attending physicians.

Hopkins medicine magazine “an insider’s view of the high-stakes world of cardiology, Alpha Docs offers a vivid and fast-paced exploration of the cauldron that creates doctors in the twenty-first century. Danielle Ofri, M. D.

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