The Queen of Katwe

One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion

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Author: Tim Crothers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501127187

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, directed by Mira Nair. The “astonishing” (The New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi—a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda. One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende. Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that—like their daily lives—requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona. By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master—the first female titled player in her country’s history—Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable countries. The Queen of Katwe is a “remarkable” (NPR) and “riveting” (New York Post) book that shows how “Phiona’s story transcends the limitations of the chessboard” (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).

The Queen of Katwe

One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion

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Author: Tim Crothers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145165782X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

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Traces the story of an Ugandan teen who was introduced to chess by a missionary mentor and struggled to overcome formidable levels of poverty to become her country's national champion.

The Queen of Katwe

A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

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Author: Tim Crothers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451659210

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Now a major motion picture starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, directed by Mira Nair. The “astonishing” (The New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi—a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda. One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende. Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that—like their daily lives—requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona. By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master—the first female titled player in her country’s history—Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable countries. The Queen of Katwe is a “remarkable” (NPR) and “riveting” (New York Post) book that shows how “Phiona’s story transcends the limitations of the chessboard” (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).

Eclipsed

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Author: Danai Gurira

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1559368535

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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“[Eclipsed is] a surprisingly vivacious portrait of helplessness, of the entirely human impulse to adapt, to get by even when there's little hope life will get better.”—Washington Post “Eclipsed depicts the harsh realities of women’s lives in a strife-torn African country with both a clear eye and a palpable empathy.”—New York Times Four women in Liberia struggle to survive conditions on a rebel army base. Held as the concubines of a warlord, each “wife” must find her own means of coping amidst a situation that appears hopeless. With frail, fractured identities born from an ongoing, senseless civil war, the women build their own contained world to guard against the chaos outside. This enthralling work from award-winning playwright and actress Gurira demonstrates the human capacity to endure, even in the most desolate of circumstances. Danai Gurira’s other plays include Familiar and In the Continuum, written for World AIDS Day in December 2011, which she co-wrote and co-starred in with Nikkole Salter. For In the Continuum, she was awarded an Obie Award, Outer Critics' Circle Award, and a Helen Hayes Award for her performance. She received a Whiting Writer’s Award in 2012. She is best known for her role as Michonne in the hit television series, The Walking Dead.

The Man Watching

A Biography of Anson Dorrance, the Unlikely Architect of the Greatest College Sports Dynasty Ever

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Author: Tim Crothers

Publisher: Ann Arbor Media Group

ISBN: 9781587264344

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Dorrance emboldens his players in his pregame talks, constantly reminding them that UNC's mission is not just to defeat its opponents, but to relentlessly sap their will until they can seize on an opportunity to "break" them. Concluding his remarks before a game against Villanova during the 2003 season, he said, "My thrill during our games is the understanding that every team that leaves the field against us knows they were beaten by a greater force. No, not a better team. They ran into a force. They found the center of our chest and it was hard and they couldn't knock us down. So when you're tackling out there today, I want you to throw your body at the girl with such a clattering of bones and gristle that she'll be worried about having a scar from her kneecap to her ankle. I want her wondering, 'If I finish this game, will I ever be able to wear a skirt again?'" Book jacket.

My Name is Not Friday

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Author: Jon Walter

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545863716

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 384

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Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name -- Friday -- and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel's journey from freedom, to captivity, and back again.

The Once and Future King

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Author: T. H. White

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101657545

Category: Fiction

Page: 656

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T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons. During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guenever and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain—and to the king himself. “[The Once and Future King] mingles wisdom, wonderful, laugh-out-loud humor and deep sorrow—while telling one of the great tales of the Western world.”—Guy Gavriel Kay

Greatest athletes of the 20th century

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Author: Tim Crothers,John Garrity

Publisher: Time Home Entertainment

ISBN: 9781883013707

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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The Queen's Gambit

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Author: Walter Tevis

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781474600842

Category:

Page: 256

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From the author of THE HUSTLER, THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT is a modern classic about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to survive When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct . For Beth, there's more at stake than merely winning and losing.

Contemporary American Cinema

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Author: Williams , Linda Ruth,Hammond , Michael

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335228437

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 582

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One of the rare collections I would recommend for use in undergraduate teaching – the chapters are lucid without being oversimplified and the contributors are adept at analyzing the key industrial, technological and ideological features of contemporary U.S. cinema. Diane Negra, University of East Anglia, UK. Contemporary American Cinemaoffers a fresh and sometimes revisionist look at developments in the American film industry from the 1960s to the present … Readers will find it lively and provocative. Chuck Maland, University of Tennessee, USA. Contemporary American Cinemais the book on the subject that undergraduate classes have been waiting for … Comprehensive, detailed, and intelligently organized [and] written in accessible and compelling prose …Contemporary American Cinemawill be embraced by instructors and students alike. Charlie Keil, Director, Cinema Studies Program, University of Toronto, Canada. Contemporary American Cinemausefully gathers together a range of materials that provide a valuable resource for students and scholars. It is also a pleasure to read. Hilary Radner, University of Otago, New Zealand. Contemporary American Cinemadeepens our knowledge of American cinema since the 1960s. … This is an important collection that will be widely used in university classrooms. Lee Grieveson, University College London, UK. Contemporary American Cinemais a clear-sighted and tremendously readable anthology, mapping the terrain of post-sixties US cinema with breadth and critical verve. Paul Grainge, University of Nottingham, UK. This collection of freshly written essays by leading specialists in the field will most likely be one of the most important works of reference for students and film scholars for years to come. Liv Hausken, University of Oslo, Norway. Contemporary American Cinemais the first comprehensive introduction to American cinema since 1960. The book is unique in its treatment of both Hollywood, alternative and non-mainstream cinema. Critical essays from leading film scholars are supplemented by boxed profiles of key directors, producers and actors; key films and key genres; and statistics from the cinema industry. Illustrated in colour and black and white with film stills, posters and production images, the book has two tables of contents allowing students to use the book chronologically, decade-by-decade, or thematically by subject. Designed especially for courses in cinema studies and film studies, cultural studies and American studies,Contemporary American Cinemafeatures a glossary of key terms, fully referenced resources and suggestions for further reading, questions for class discussion, and a comprehensive filmography. Individual chapters include: The decline of the studio system The rise of American new wave cinema The history of the blockbuster The parallel histories of independent and underground film Black cinema from blaxploitation to the 1990s Changing audiences The effects of new technology Comprehensive overview of US documentary from 1960 to the present Contributors include: Stephen Prince, Steve Neale, Susan Jeffords,Yvonne Tasker, Barbara Klinger, Jim Hillier, Peter Kramer, Mark Shiel,Sheldon Hall, Eithne Quinn, Michele Aaron, Jonathan Munby.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008

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Author: Dave Eggers,Judy Blume

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780618902835

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 379

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Presents literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals, including fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, television writing, and alternative comics.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

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Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062074954

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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The New York Times bestseller, written by a former reporter for ABC News, that People magazine called “a transporting, enlightening book” tells the story of a fearless young entrepreneur who brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Afghanistan Former ABC journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the riveting true story of Kamila Sidiqi and other women of Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s fearful rise to power. In what Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, calls “one of the most inspiring books I have ever read,” Lemmon recounts with novelistic vividness the true story of a fearless young woman who not only reinvented herself as an entrepreneur to save her family but, in the face of ferocious opposition, brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Kabul.

When She Woke

A Novel

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Author: Hillary Jordan

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616201843

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan’s provocative new novel, When She Woke, tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed—their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes—and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.

The First Affair

A Novel

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Author: Emma McLaughlin,Nicola Kraus

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145164342X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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A woman recounts her summer internship at the White House during which she engaged in an affair with the president of the United States that, when exposed, destroyed her and the presidency and tries to make sense of her actions and the trauma it wrought for the world and for herself.

Bernie Madoff, the Wizard of Lies

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Author: Diana B. Henriques

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780740433

Category: True Crime

Page: 488

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Based on award-winning reporter Diana Henriques' unprecedented access to Madoff, including extensive correspondence and his first interviews for publication since his arrest, "Bernie Madoff, The Wizard of Lies" is the ultimate true-life financial thriller.

Hard Work

A Life on and Off the Court

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Author: Roy Williams

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 161620107X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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One of the most respected basketball coaches in the country relates the story of his life, from his turbulent childhood to the North Carolina Tar Heels' national championship in 2009, and discusses the coaching philosophy that has made him successful.

Twelve Years A Slave (Illustrated)

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Author: Solomon Northup

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 2765903190

Category: History

Page: 300

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Twelve Years a Slave (1853) is a memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York, details his kidnapping in Washington, D.C. and subsequent sale into slavery. After having been kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters, Northup was able to write to friends and family in New York, who were in turn able to secure his release. Northup's account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans and describes at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

Of Dice and Men

The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It

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Author: David M. Ewalt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145164051X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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Originally published in hardcover in 2013.

Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema

Volume II

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Author: Kenneth R. Morefield

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443832790

Category: History

Page: 250

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Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume II continues the work presented in the first volume of this title, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2008. It provides informed yet accessible articles that will give readers an introduction to masters of world cinema whose works explore the themes of human spirituality and religious faith. Volume II contains essays dealing with canonical directors notably absent from the first entry of the series (such as Godard and Kurosawa) while also including examinations of contemporary auteurs who are still actively working (for example, Andersson, and von Trier). While retaining a truly international emphasis—it includes essays about directors from the United States, Canada, Iran, Sweden, India, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Australia, and Japan—Volume II also acts as an important contribution to canon formation, illustrating the complexity and variety in the films of those who are truly the masters of world cinema. Built solidly around close, formal readings of selective films, the essays in Volume II also demonstrate familiarity with film history and bring insight from such varied disciplines as New Testament Studies, Clinical Psychology, Art History, and Medieval History. It also seeks to broaden the understanding of ‘faith’ and ‘spirituality,’ examining how the meaning of such terms changes as the cultures that produce the art that defines them continues to evolve.

Breathe

When Life Takes Your Breath Away

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Author: Angela Burgin Logan,Samson Burgin

Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC

ISBN: 1424553032

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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