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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
What Would Cleopatra Do? tackles issues by reminding us of inspiring feminists from the past, telling their stories with warmth, humor, and verve. From sticking up for yourself, improving body image, deciding whether to have children, finding a mentor, getting dumped, feeling like an imposter, being unattractive, and dealing with gossip, we can learn a lot by reading motivational stories of heroic women who, living in much tougher times through history, took control of their own destinies and made life work for them.
Unexpectedly separated from his wife, Arky Levin suddenly has the space he needs to work composing film scores but none of the peace of mind he needs to create. As he wanders the city, guilty and restless, it’s almost by chance that he stumbles upon an exhibition that invites MoMA visitors to sit across a table from the performance artist Marina Abramović, for as short or long a period as they choose. Although some go in skeptical, almost all leave moved. And the participants are not the only ones to find themselves changed: Arky returns day after day to watch other people sit with Abramović—and as he does, he begins to understand what might be missing in his life.
At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.
A collection of previously uncompiled stories from the short-story master and literary sensation Lucia Berlin. In 2015, FSG published A Manual for Cleaning Women, a posthumous story collection by a relatively unknown writer, to wild, widespread acclaim. It was a New York Times bestseller; the paper’s Book Review named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2015; and NPR, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and other outlets gave the book rave reviews. Evening in Paradise is a careful selection from the remaining Berlin stories–a jewel box follow-up for Lucia Berlin’s hungry fans.
While most of the world around us becomes excited and enamored with the celebration of Christmas, some struggle through the holiday season overcome with clouds of depression, battling fear and dread. Fractured relationships, dysfunction, compromised finances, loss of loved ones, isolation, and any number of other circumstances become even harder to navigate due to the often unrealistic expectations of the holiday. Loneliness magnifies, stress accelerates, business intensifies, and sadness can become overwhelming.
Patricia Wasylyna wrote When Christmas Hurts from the depths of her own pain and experience to help those who struggle with this season for similar reasons. God’s Word and his principles of love, power, and truth are woven into every element of encouragement. Practical suggestions and challenges are presented to help navigate this often stressful and difficult season. The passion behind this book is to bring hope and healing to hearts that are hurting, helping them break free from the burdens of stress and dread and find a new revelation of celebrating Christmas with joy and simplicity.