Inside the O'Briens

A Novel

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Author: Lisa Genova

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476717834

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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A New York Times bestseller ▪ A Library Journal Best Books of 2015 Pick ▪ A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books of 2015 Pick ▪A GoodReads Top Ten Fiction Book of 2015 ▪ A People Magazine Great Read From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a “heartbreaking…very human novel” (Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves) that does for Huntington’s disease what her debut novel Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s. Joe O’Brien is a forty-three-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure, and each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate. Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's

2nd Edition

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Author: Greg O'Brien

Publisher: Good Night books

ISBN: 0991340191

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 417

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This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US—and the only one of these diseases on the rise. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide. Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and is one of those faceless numbers. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey. O’Brien is a master storyteller. His story is naked, wrenching, and soul searching for a generation and their loved ones about to cross the threshold of this death in slow motion. On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is a trail-blazing roadmap for a generation—both a “how to” for fighting a disease, and a “how not” to give up!

Life Inside the Cordon

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Author: Kim O'Brien-Williams

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 1681812827

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 258

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On Feb. 22, 2011, a massive earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 185 people. This book is the diary of my Life Inside the Cordon, working for the New Zealand Army for six months before the cordon, later known as the CBD Red Zone, was opened to the public. It was written as a memoir for my son, James, begun as a diary for him because he was only two years old when I was working on the cordon, and I felt guilty having to put him in preschool while I worked twelve hours a day. The story begins with my life in Dunedin and how I was struggling to deal with work, family, and a broken marriage. It’s about my decision to move and start my life over, and how I struggled to get to Christchurch, looking for a fresh start. My memoir provides a daily account of conversations I had with locals, tourists, and contractors working within the cordon, disclosing their thoughts and feelings about Christchurch and the earthquake. The last cordons were removed on June 30, 2013, over two years after the quake struck. This natural disaster played a large part of the emotional rollercoaster I was going through at the time, including the tragedies of my son’s car accident and a death in the family. There’s also the light side, featuring life’s funny moments as well as my views on the differences between the rich and poor in Christchurch, and how the problems they face are vastly different.

Inside the Flame

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Author: Rose O'Brien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781732873018

Category:

Page: N.A

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Jen Jiang is busted. No stranger to death, she can speak to the recently deceased, which makes being an embedded journalist in war zones even more dangerous than usual. Doing a small favor for a newly dead woman exposes her secret to a death cult, determined to use her powers for their own twisted ends. The last thing she needs is a fire mage with a hero complex intent on rescuing her. Theron Blackwell is shocked when he realizes Jen is a seer. She could be the key advantage in the battle against an impending demon invasion. With the death cult in close pursuit, he'll do anything to keep her safe. Even if that means rescuing her against her will.As Theron drags her on a dangerous journey from Baghdad to Damascus to try and reach a portal to safety, she tries to find a way out. Letting anyone, even a considerate, sexy man, control her life is out of the question. She's seen too much to believe anyone is going to look out for her. But as they fight to survive in the world's most dangerous place, sparks fly, and barriers fall. Cooperation turns to lust, but with an interdimensional battle looming, survival may come at the expense of her heart.

Every Note Played

From the bestselling author of Still Alice

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Author: Lisa Genova

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 176063395X

Category: Fiction

Page: 172

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A virtuoso performance by the bestselling author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova delivers a stunning novel of finding harmony amidst the most tragic of situations. An accomplished concert pianist, Richard has already suffered many losses in his life: the acrimonious divorce from his ex-wife, Karina; the estrangement of his daughter, Grace; and now, a devastating diagnosis. ALS. The relentlessly progressive paralysis of ALS begins in the cruellest way possible - in his hands. As Richard becomes more and more locked inside his body and can no longer play piano or live on his own, Karina steps in as his reluctant caregiver. Paralysed in a different way, Karina is trapped within a prison of excuses and blame, stuck in an unfulfilling life as an after-school piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman. As Richard's muscles, voice and breath fade, the two struggle to reconcile their past before it's too late. With a strong musical sensibility and the staggering insight of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You, Lisa Genova has delivered a masterful exploration of what it means to find yourself within the most shattering of circumstances.

S/trek Ds9 #19 The Tempest

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Author: Susan Wright

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471107612

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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When a ferocious plasma storm strikes the entire Bajoran system, Deep Space NineTMbecomes a port under siege, filled to overflowing with stranded space travelers, unpredictable aliens, and Klingon smugglers. Wof and Odo find themselves tested to the limit as they struggle to control the chaos that has consumed the station. But even greater danger faces Dax and botanist Keiko O' Brian when they must fly a runabout into the very heart of the storm - and encounter a stange new form of life!

Betrayal

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Author: Lois Tilton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743420349

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Ambassadors from all over the Federation have assembled on Deep Space NineTM for a conference that will determine the future of the planet Bajor. Keeping dozens of ambassadors happy is hard enough, but soon terrorists begin a bombing campaign on the station, and Commander Sisko's job becomes nearly impossible. Distracted by all of this, he's in no position to deal well with the arrival of a belligerent Cardassian commander demanding the return of Deep Space Nine to the Cardassian empire, but he must rise to the occasion if his station and Bajor are to emerge from the crisis intact.

A Line 2 Die 4

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Author: Jimmy James

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595620876

Category: True Crime

Page: 276

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A Line 2 Die 4 is a thorough account of one man’s troubling life using and dealing drugs. After a lifetime of partying, one little mistake brings his reckless ways to a crashing halt. A Line 2 Die 4 brings to light the dangers of drugs and the questionable motives of the US legal system. It’s a straightforward, honest account that doesn’t shy away from the realities and perils of a life affected by drugs and corruption.

The Last Victim

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Author: Kevin O'Brien

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786027754

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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A Killer's Masterpiece At first, Bridget Corrigan's work with her twin brother's senatorial campaign is an exciting distraction from the trauma of her messy divorce. But everything changes when Bridget is reminded of the secret she and Brad have been keeping since high school, a secret that could destroy the campaign--and their lives. Someone else knows what they did. Someone who's been picking off the members of their little group one by one. . . Will Be Painted His job keeps him busy, but he loves every moment of it. Following them, photographing them, and immortalizing them on canvas. He knows exactly how they'll look when the last breath is drawn, because he has planned out their deaths with perfect precision. And the best is yet to come: Bridget Corrigan. He has very special plans for her portrait--she just doesn't know it yet. . . In Cold Blood With every "accident" that befalls the members of her old clique, Bridget feels danger edging closer to home. Yet uncovering the truth about the killer would mean revealing what really happened that horrible night years ago. She'll have to find someone to trust--the question is, who? Because turning to the wrong person could be the last mistake she ever makes. . .

The Quiet Don

The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino

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Author: Matt Birkbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101618264

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

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To what extent was Rosario “Russell” Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA’s recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie? Secretive—even reclusive—Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day. A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as “one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States.” INCLUDES PHOTOS