The Reason You're Alive

A Novel

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Author: Matthew Quick

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062424343

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war. After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise. As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity. Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.

The Rule of Three: Fight for Power

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Author: Eric Walters

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 0374301808

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 352

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After sixty-six days of a catastrophic global blackout, life in the suburbs is not what it used to be for Adam and his fortified neighborhood of Eden Mills. Although an explosive clash has minimized one threat from outside the walls, Adam's battle-hardened mentor, Herb, continues to make decisions in the name of security that are increasingly wrenching and questionable. Like his police chief mom and others, Adam will follow Herb's lead. But when the next threat comes from an unexpected direction, nobody is ready for it. And someone is going to pay the price—because of Adam's mistakes and mistaken trust.

Temptation

A Novel

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Author: Travis Thrasher

Publisher: David C Cook

ISBN: 143470503X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The third book in the Solitary Tales series for young adults, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris Buckley’s journey as he heads deeper into a darkness that threatens all he loves best. As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from Chris’s past. Soon Chris no longer searches for the truth about the town of Solitary. He no longer tries to pierce its shadows. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way—and is very close to being beyond any choices at all.

Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Three Plays

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Author: Rajiv Joseph

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 1593763891

Category: Drama

Page: 352

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Rajiv Joseph is one of today’s most acclaimed young playwrights. The winner of numerous awards, including an NEA Award for Best Play and a Whiting Writers Award, he is an artist to watch. This volume gathers together for the first time his three major works to date. Included herein are his latest play, Gruesome Playground Injuries, which charts the intersection of two lives using scars, wounds, and calamity as the mile markers to explore why people hurt themselves to gain another’s love and the cumulative effect of such damage; Animals Out of Paper, a subtle, elegant, yet bracing examination of the artistic impulse and those in its thrall, which follows a world-famous origamist as she becomes the unwitting mentor to a troubled young prodigy, even as she must deal with her own loss of inspiration; and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a darkly comedic drama that looks on as the lives of two American soldiers, an Iraqi translator, and a tiger intersect on the streets of Baghdad.

The Survivors Club

The secrets and science that could save your life

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Author: Ben Sherwood

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014104120X

Category: Reference

Page: 400

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Do you believe in miracles? This collection of extraordinary tales of survival is guaranteed to astound and inspire you in equal measure. Meet ordinary people who have found extraordinary strengths facing seemingly impossible challenges - like the woman who fell from the sky, or the man who floated 300 miles out to sea after the Asian tsunami. What is it about some people that they seem born survivors, or how does someone find the incredible strength from within not to give up on hope against all odds? Are some people just lucky? These and many other true stories demonstrate the strength we all possess to come through our life's toughest challenges, and the precious wisdom that results from surviving. This book is based primarily on conversations with survivors and experts around the world - you too can take the Survivor Profiler to discover your Survivor IQ at: //www.survivorstrengths.com.

Circle of Swords

Becoming a Mighty Man of God

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Author: Wayde Wilson

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1490853944

Category: Self-Help

Page: 146

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Discover what turned a bunch of outlaws into an elite group of military commandos known as David’s Mighty Men…and let God make a hero out of you! In Circle of Swords, Wayde Wilson uses the adventures of David’s Mighty Men, thirty seven of the baddest dudes in the Bible, to talk to guys about God. Using modern-day references and experiences, a friendly-yet-bluntly honest writing style, and interactive questions and challenges, Wilson takes on nine subjects that should matter to every man: leadership, reputation, connecting with God, service, courage, friendship, broken relationships, family, and leaving a legacy. Are you man enough to hang out with David’s Mighty Men? Then grab your sword and let the adventure begin!

Memories of the Lake

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Author: Anthony Bethel

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465394222

Category: Fiction

Page: 148

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Memories of the Lake continues the story of Heart in the Window some five years later, and the bitterness between Tori and Jessica continues. The hatred boils over when Will Sherman the Sheriff of Collins Springs and Jessica become romantically involved. All is going well in the small town of Collins Springs until Jessica receives the news her ex-husband has been arrested. When Jessica returns to Chicago she makes it known she has hard evidence that will rock the foundation of the case.

Standing Up to Mr. O.

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Author: Claudia Mills

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 1466852879

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 176

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Maggie McIntosh is crazy about her biology teacher and loves to impress him with her academic excellence. But when the dreaded day of the first class dissection arrives, Maggie has to disappoint Mr. O. There's no way she can cut up a worm. Maggie's best friend, Alycia, understands. Alycia is squeamish, too, and shares Maggie's moral outrage. However, she's willing to keep quiet and let her lab partner do the dirty work. Maggies' own lab partner, Matt, completely disagrees. Then, after Maggie walks out on the dissection, he seems to respect her. And classmate Jake, who follows Maggie out the door, appears positively smitten. As she struggles to clarify her position about dissections, Maggie discovers that people and relationships are not always what they seem, and just as there are no perfect fathers (hers left years before), there are no perfect father figures - or even friends.

Prove You Are Alive

Make Your Life Count

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Author: Noble Samuel

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 149084208X

Category: Religion

Page: 210

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Prove You Are Alive is an excellent book. The truth remains that it has the ability to edify you. It will not just edify you, but it has great facts that are meant to help you refine your lifestyle, making you to see yourself the way God sees you, helping you to have full control of your destiny so that you can start living an excellent life. This book will help you to progress. God helped me to write it. I am blessed by the principles expounded in it, so I believe you also will be blessed. I will urge you to read the book with an open mind. Try also to make all the necessary changes so that you can block all the negative habits and people as these will not help you live a good life as God wants you to live it. Once again, this book will inspire you greatly. I am happy that it tells you how precious God is in our lives, and I am also happy it tells you the importance of finding purpose. Finally, it helps you to refine your attitude toward making a better testament in life.