Small Puddles – the Triumphant Story of Yale’s Worst Oarsman. Ever.

Author: Michael Danziger

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

Regular price: $9.99

Deal price: $0.99

Deal starts: March 10, 2017

Deal ends: March 13, 2017

Description:

Small Puddles is about rowing, rites of passage, persistence, and trying to find your way. Michael “Zig” Danziger projects a certain devil-may-care persona. But don’t let the larger-than-life, hail-fellow-well-met routine fool you - there is far more to his story than being born on third base. Zig’s intense experience as a Yale oarsman is a case study on the journey itself being the reward. He was never going to make the first varsity boat, or the second. Not even the third boat. But he worked his rear-end off to earn a seat in the fourth boat - and became a Yale Crew legend. Small Puddles tells the story of those years at Yale and the people who shaped Zig’s one-of-a-kind view of the world.

A story of tenacity, determination, and unrelenting sticktoitiveness.

Small Puddles is a heart-warming and hilarious memoir, but don’t expect to read about what a saint Zig is. He’s no saint. And don’t expect any syrupy soft-focus vignettes of New England collegiate life. Zig’s raucous yarns, spun one after another, are warts-and-all, high-definition windows into the glory days. No punches pulled.

Raucous, ribald, ridiculous, raunchy, romantic, and relatable.

Small Puddles has plenty for everyone, but anyone who has had the good fortune to pull an oar will feel Zig’s pain. Up and down stadium stairs until you can’t walk another step? Barfed after crushing an erg piece? Pulled a power ten? Given a shirt? Gotten a shirt? Been up at 5am for practice after a big night out? Felt the adrenaline surge at “Êtes-vous prêt? Partez!”? Stood on the bank to cheer friends at The Head of the Charles, The Dad Vails, Eastern Sprints, Henley? Don’t miss this book.

Enjoyed other rowing books? If you think you might enjoy a version of Halberstam’s The Amateurs co-authored with Tucker Max, or you’re hoping Quentin Tarantino might direct the film adaptation of The Boys In the Boat, don’t miss this one.

Love in Translation – Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter

Author: Katherine Obando

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

Regular price: $9.99

Deal price: Free

Deal starts: March 12, 2017

Deal ends: March 12, 2017

Description:

When a Phoenix schoolteacher buys a one-way ticket to Costa Rica, she gets pretty much what she hopes for: salvation on a bus, enlightenment in a taxi, and a serendipitous romp of a reporting career. What she doesn’t see coming is a decade-long affair with the country’s sly and hilarious street slang, whose wit and wisdom changes the way she sees life, love, and eventually motherhood. A delight for travel buffs, parents and linguists alike, Katherine Stanley Obando’s ingenious and soulful phrasebook portrays a Costa Rica most tourists never see – and explains how what’s lost in translation helped her find herself. “No one who loves Costa Rica should be without this delightful book – but it will also speak to anyone who has ever been far from home, or loved a child, or marveled at the power of language. ‘Love in Translation’ has earned a cherished and permanent spot on my bookshelf and in my heart.” -Oscar Arias, Former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Laureate “Delicious… Lovingly written, with luminous joy.” -Carlos Arauz, author of "Costa Rica: leyendas y tradiciones" “This is cross culture at its most charming.”-Henrietta Boggs, Former Costa Rican First Lady, author of "Married to a Legend: Don Pepe"“She has taught us a valuable lesson: that our language and culture are rich and worthy of preservation. We must carry it in our souls. The pride of being Costa Rican, just the way we are.”-María Mayela Padilla, National Culture Award-winning writer and folklorist

Deliverance Mary Fields

Author: Miantae Metcalf McConnell

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

Regular price: $9.99

Deal price: Free

Deal starts: March 11, 2017

Deal ends: March 11, 2017

Description:

1885. Emancipated slave, Mary Fields, receives news of her friend’s impending death. She arrives in the Montana wilderness and finds Mother Mary Amadeus lying on frozen earth in a broken-down cabin. Certain that the cloister of frostbit Ursuline nuns and their Indian girl pupils will not survive without assistance, Mary stays.

She builds a hennery, makes repairs, cares for stock, and treks into the mountains to provide food. Brushes with death do not deter her. Mary drives a horse and wagon through perilous terrain and blizzards to improve the lives of missionaries, homesteaders and Indians and, in the process, her own.

After weathering wolf attacks, wagon crashes and treacherous conspiracies by scoundrels, local politicians and the state’s first Catholic bishop, Mary Fields creates another daring plan. An avid patriot, she is determined to register for the vote. The price is high. Will she manifest her personal vision of independence?

MCCONNELL’S RESEARCH enabled USPS to verify Mary Fields as the first African American woman star route mail carrier in the U.S. A chronicle of Fields’ life in Montana from 1885 until her death in 1914, the narrative examines women rights, bootleg politics, Montana’s turn-of-the-century transition from territory to state and its scandalous 1914 woman suffrage election.

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

“Under McConnell's hand, the atmosphere, frontier challenges, and landscapes of Montana come to life. Mary Fields is a true historical figure, dramatized in novel format. Her story will delight readers who look for a blend of accurate historical facts, hard-hitting drama, and realistic scenes powered by a feisty protagonist whose values and concerns become part of the social changes sweeping the nation.” —Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer

I Spent 10 Years in Asia and All I Got Were These Lousy Stories

Author: Ryan J. King

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

Regular price: $2.99

Deal price: Free

Deal starts: March 08, 2017

Deal ends: March 09, 2017

Description:

Translating for a Chinese businessmen looking to have a good time in Osaka’s sex district. Discussing the likelihood of North Korean soldiers masturbating while standing in the most heavily militarized border in the world. Desperately trying to prevent a drunken buddy making aggressive sexual advances on the fiancee of the guy whose party you’ve just crashed. Oh, and visiting a fake market in China. Because being a white guy in Asia is about more than just sex.

This collection of short stories sees a Brit from a small fishing village dropped into these situations...and more, as he tries to make sense of the crazy world that is East Asia.

After graduating college in his native England, Ryan J. King set out for the other side of the world to finish his education, both formally and informally - and boy, did he find it. Now, over a decade later, having studied in Japan and South Korea, and worked in China, he sits down and reflects on some of the strangest things that have happened to him during his time in Asia, with an intention to both entertain and to educate.

How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move?

Author: Tito Mukhopadhyay

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

Regular price: $14.99

Deal price: $1.99

Deal starts: March 05, 2017

Deal ends: March 05, 2017

Description:

An astounding new work by the author of The Mind Tree that offers a rare insight into the autistic mind and how it thinks, sees, and reacts to the world. When he was three years old, Tito was diagnosed as severely autistic, but his remarkable mother, Soma, determined that he would overcome the “problem” by teaching him to read and write. The result was that between the ages of eight and eleven he wrote stories and poems of exquisite beauty, which Dr. Oliver Sacks called “amazing and shocking.” Their eloquence gave lie to all our assumptions about autism. Here Tito goes even further and writes of how the autistic mind works, how it views the outside world and the “normal” people he deals with daily, how he tells his stories to the mirror and hears stories back, how sounds become colors, how beauty fills his mind and heart. With this work, Tito—whom Portia Iversen, co-founder of Cure Autism Now, has described as “a window into autism such as the world has never seen”—gives the world a beacon of hope. For if he can do it, why can’t others? “Brave, bold, and deeply felt, this book shows that much we might have believed about autism can be wrong.”—Boston Globe

Inga

Author: Scott Farris

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

Regular price: $28.99

Deal price: $1.99

Deal starts: March 02, 2017

Deal ends: March 02, 2017

Description:

Inga Arvad was the great love of President John F. Kennedy’s life, and also Adolf Hitler’s special guest at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. She was an actress, a foreign correspondent, a popular Washington columnist, an explorer who lived among a tribe of headhunters, one of Hollywood’s most influential gossip columnists, and a suspected Nazi spy. The latter nearly got Kennedy cashiered out of the Navy, but instead set in motion the chain of events that led to him becoming a war hero. Inga lived where gossip intersects with history, and her story, as told by author Scott Farris in Inga, is a rollicking story that demonstrates how private lives influence public events. It is also a Hitchcockian tale of how difficult it can be to prove innocence when unjustly accused, and how, as Inga phrased it, what was once a halo can slip down and become a hangman’s noose. In addition to her romance with Kennedy and the attention of Hitler, Arvad married three times — to an Egyptian diplomat who insisted they never had divorced, the brilliant filmmaker Paul Fejos whom Charlie Chaplin considered a genius and the famed cowboy movie star Tim McCoy. She also had affairs with noted surgeon Dr. William Cahan, the prolific writer John Gunther, and Winston’s Churchill’s right-hand man, Baron Robert Boothby. She was pursued by Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch, and Swedish industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren, reputedly the richest man in the world at the time, offered her $1 million to have his child.Inga was Miss Denmark of 1931, but by all accounts, her admirers among the European and American elite loved Inga not for her physical beauty alone, but for her joie de vivre. She was a genius with people, she was daring and adventurous, and she was their equal in intellect. Like Isak Dinesen and Clare Boothe Luce, Inga Arvad led a life that both sheds light on and defies the stereotypes of women of her time.