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Life Is Mostly Edges

Author: Calvin Miller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418573973
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One man’s backward glance at unexpected lessons, the beauty of relationship, and God’s mysterious guiding hand. Bestselling author and poet Calvin Miller turns his hand to the most moving story of all – his own. The reader is taken through a myriad of experiences of a young man coming of age in mid-20th century America. Following his life into college, seminary, a small local church and eventually to a new life as an author and professor, the memoir touches on those points that make all of us uniquely human and intensely vulnerable.

A Life On The Edge Anniversary Edition

Author: Jim Whittaker
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 1594856672
Size: 47.87 MB
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CLICK HERE to download the first chapter from A Life On The Edge (Provide us with a little information and we'll send your download directly to your inbox) "My father's greatest living heroes were John Glenn and Jim Whittaker—a physical giant with a huge heart, a decent soul, and inspirational courage. We can all be grateful that Whittaker has finally put his extraordinary life on paper. Whittaker's story is a riveting saga of high adventure by one of history's greatest climbers." —Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. * Special anniversary edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Mount Everest * New foreword by Ed Viesturs and a new afterword by the author * More than 100 photos, including several never-before-published images In May of 1963 Seattle mountaineer Jim Whittaker stepped into world history by becoming the first American to summit Mount Everest. Fifty years later, he is still regarded as a seminal figure in North American mountaineering, as well as an astute businessman who helped create the outdoor recreation industry. A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond is Jim's courageous, no-punches-pulled autobiography and a look at a peripatetic, sometimes difficult life. Beyond the glory of the Everest summit and his other extraordinary climbing feats, including the first American summit of K2, he openly describes his personal, "everyman" experience of social upheaval in the 1960s and 70s, an early divorce, family strife, a passionate new love later in life, near-bankruptcy, and business triumphs and losses. Jim tells it all with verve and honesty and, true to his nature, turns every setback into the stage for new adventure. This special 50th anniversary edition celebrates the story of Jim's life and features a new foreword by Ed Viesturs, as well as a new final chapter that brings readers up-to-date, including details of his trek to Everest Base Camp in 2012 and his son Leif's recent successful summits of Everest. Need more Jim Whittaker? Checkout his interview on New Day Northwest as he talks about Everest, training, and the shocking differences between climbing Everest 50 years ago versus today.

House Of Nails

Author: Lenny Dykstra
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062407384
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"Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I've ever read. It comes from the heart." —Stephen King Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, House of Nails, by former world champion, multimillionaire entrepreneur, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss. Nicknamed "Nails" for his hustle and grit, Lenny approached the game of baseball -- and life -- with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era. An overachiever known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified by his former minor-league roommate Billy Beane as the prototypical "Moneyball" player in Michael Lewis's bestseller. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug-fueled, Nails also defined a notorious era of excess in baseball. Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure: After retiring, Dykstra became a celebrated business mogul and investment guru. Touted as "one of the great ones" by CNBC's Jim Cramer, he became "baseball's most improbable post-career success story" (The New Yorker), purchasing a $17.5-million mansion and traveling the world by private jet. But when the economy imploded in 2008, Lenny lost everything. Then the feds moved in: convicted of bankruptcy fraud (unjustly, he contends), Lenny served two and a half harrowing years in prison, where he was the victim of a savage beating by prison guards that knocked out his front teeth. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers, declared that Lenny's outrageous rise and spectactular fall was "the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime." Now, for the first time, Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence and excess, then, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption. Was Lenny's hard-charging, risk-it-all nature responsible for his success in baseball and business and his precipitous fall from grace? What lessons, if any, has he learned now that he has had time to think and reflect? Hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and irresistibly readable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.

Mostly On The Edge

Author: Karl Hess
Publisher:
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As an anti-Communist, he cooperated with the FBI but as a libertarian he fought the IRS until he was nearly destitute. He despised conceit, exposed intolerance, and embraced life as an experiment in historical consciousness. It is a book about a man for all seasons and written for an audience of all political persuasions.

Hillbilly Elegie

Author: J. D. Vance
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 3843715777
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Seine Großeltern versuchten, mit Fleiß und Mobilität der Armut zu entkommen und sich in der Mitte der Gesellschaft zu etablieren. Doch letztlich war alles vergeblich. J. D. Vance erzählt die Geschichte seiner Familie — eine Geschichte vom Scheitern und von der Resignation einer ganzen Bevölkerungsschicht. Armut und Chaos, Hilflosigkeit und Gewalt, Drogen und Alkohol: Genau in diesem Teufelskreis befinden sich viele weiße Arbeiterfamilien in den USA — entfremdet von der politischen Führung, abgehängt vom Rest der Gesellschaft, anfällig für populistische Parolen. Früher konnten sich die »Hillbillys«, die weißen Fabrikarbeiter, erhoffen, sich zu Wohlstand zu schuften. Doch spätestens gegen Ende des 20sten Jahrhunderts zog der Niedergang der alten Industrien ihre Familien in eine Abwärtsspirale, in der sie bis heute stecken. Vance gelingt es wie keinem anderen, diese ausweglose Situation und die Krise einer ganzen Gesellschaft eindrücklich zu schildern. Sein Buch bewegte Millionen von Lesern in den USA und erklärt nicht zuletzt den Wahltriumph eines Donald Trump.

Bevor Ich Jetzt Gehe

Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
ISBN: 3641189365
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„Dieses gehört zu der Handvoll Bücher, die für mich universell sind. Ich empfehle es wirklich jedem.“ ANN PATCHETT Was macht das eigene Leben lebenswert? Was tun, wenn die Lebensleiter keine weiteren Stufen in eine vielversprechende Zukunft bereithält? Was bedeutet es, ein Kind zu bekommen, neues Leben entstehen zu sehen, während das eigene zu Ende geht? Bewegend und mit feiner Beobachtungsgabe schildert der junge Arzt und Neurochirurg Paul Kalanithi seine Gedanken über die ganz großen Fragen.

At The Forest S Edge

Author: David Tirrell Hellyer
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295979151
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"David Hellyer-physician, naturalist, world traveler, horseman, boxing enthusiast, and creator of Northwest Trek wildlife sanctuary-has lived one of the most varied and useful lives of anyone I know. His memoirs reflect the dry humor, the astonishing range of expertise, and the combination of charm, creativity, and energy that have made his careers possible."-Murray Morgan, author of Skid Road "His richly anecdotal story is a valuable contribution to the history of the Pacific Northwest."-Victor B. Scheffer, author of The Shaping of Environmentalism in America "During the past century, many great men with passion and spirit have made an effort to help preserve the wildlife on our planet. David Hellyer is one of these men. His book, At the Forest's Edge, is a great collection of remembrances of his life, leading up to the opening of the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Washington State. His enduring memories of times, places, and people make for a fascinating tale."-Charles R. Faust, Zoological Society of San Diego

How To Murder Your Life

Author: Cat Marnell
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644401330
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Temporeich und tragikomisch: die Geschichte von New Yorks berüchtigtstem Party Girl Mit 26 hat Cat Marnell es geschafft: Sie schreibt für Hochglanz-Fashionmagazine, kennt Anna Wintour persönlich und ist das Enfant terrible der New Yorker Partyszene. Doch Cat, die schon als Kind von ihrem Vater mit Medikamenten versorgt wurde, führt ein Doppelleben. Tagsüber umgeben von Glamour und Luxus, tanzt sie nachts high und halbnackt durch die Clubs der Stadt. Sie sucht ihr Glück in Sex und Drogen und hasst sich dafür, findet wochenlang keinen Schlaf und verliebt sich in die falschen Männer – bis ihr Leben vollends aus dem Gleichgewicht gerät. Eine schmerzhaft-schöne Tour de Force durch das chaotische Leben einer ehrgeizigen Frau, die einfach nicht nein sagen kann.