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George Dawson,Richard Glaubman

One man’s extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98 “Things will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn’t anything I would change about my life.”—George Dawson In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103, reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living, as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the entire sweep of the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson’s description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has sustained him through it all: “Life is so good. I do believe it’s getting better.” WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD “A remarkable autobiography . . . . the feel-good story of the year.”—The Christian Science Monitor “A testament to the power of perseverance.”—USA Today “Life Is So Good is about character, soul and spirit. . . . The pride in standing his ground is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post “Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an astonishing and unforgettable memoir.”—Publishers Weekly Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.

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Glen McLaren

Today, few can comprehend what it was like to live through the trauma of the Great Depression as a child. Grinding poverty meant that many children had to work - they had no option, for there was no social security, and an extended childhood was an unaffordable luxury. Despite this, the Depression Generation did not become hard and bitter. Overall, they were a generous and relatively socially cohesive group. This collection of interviews with people who grew up through the Depression - men and women, urban and rural dwellers, native-born and migrant - portrays the essence of this era. These are the speakers' own stories in their own words, presenting a moving tribute to the courage, resourcefulness, resilience and humour of the Depression Generation.

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Steve Little

Story by Steve Little, author of children?s stories and railroad histories. Illustrations by Lydia Orange, college freshman and first-time illustrator. What?s it like in the twenty-first century to live in a Central American village so small and remote that it doesn?t even appear on many maps? What?s it like for a family of seven to live in a small two-room house with no electricity, no inside running water, and no glass windows? A visitor on a mission team from North Carolina spoke with a girl in La Gracia, Belize on her 11th birthday. Read her amazing, powerful, and inspiring words. You will look at your own life and conditions in a different way. You may even want to do more than you ever thought about before.

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Msgr Gaume

AMONG all the nations of antiquity highway robbery, we find, was reckoned as a capital offence. [n the penal code of the Romans its punishment was crucifixion, at once the cruelest and the most shameful of deaths: "the reason of which," according to St. Gregory of Nyssa, was this - "that the robbers thus banded together did not shrink from murder as a means to their end. They even held themselves in readiness to do it (as was proved) by their choice of arms, supplies, and places of resort. Hence it was that they were subjected to the penalty thereof." The banditti of those times behaved pretty much in the same way as do their modem successors in such countries as are unhappily still infested by this scourge of society. They lived chiefly among the mountains, dwelling in caves, prowling about armed to the teeth, or lying in ambush near the highways, attacking the passers-by, robbing and stripping and wounding them, and often leaving them half dead. Well, indeed, for them if they were not killed outright. For proof of this deplorable state of things having existed in Judea at the time of our Lord, we have only to open the Gospel. We find it there in the parable of the man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Nor is this the only place where robbers are spoken of in the sacred text. In the history of the Passion we find mention of Barabbas, a robber and a murderer. And again we read that two robbers suffered death together with the Son of God. Some may wonder that the Gospel, usually so sparing of details, should make such frequent allusion to this class of evil-doers. It may appear surprising that our Lord should take, as the subject of one of his most beautiful parables, the incident of a man falling into their hands. But if we look into history, whether sacred or profane, the reason of this is quickly to be found. In Josephus and others we read that at this time, and until after the destruction of Jerusalem, the Holy Land was completely overrun with brigands. If, on the other hand, we consult the Holy Gospels, we see that our blessed Lord and Teacher was in the habit of adapting His lessons to the capacity of His hearers, and exemplifying His doctrines by reference to those things with which they were most familiar. Hence it was natural, if we may so speak, that, in a country infested by robbers, He should make use of such a parable as that of the Good Samaritan. It may be interesting to note the causes of this so general lawlessness. They would appear to have been twofold. In the first place, the Jews, knowing themselves to be the chosen people of God, were ever impatient of all foreign yoke, and continually strove by all means in their power to throw it off. And in the next place, their alien rulers were at no pains to conciliate, but, on the contrary, cruelly oppressed them. The tyranny of the Syrian kings had been past bearing. The Roman rule was far milder, but still very galling to a free-minded people. A deep-seated feeling of hatred was continually fermenting in the hearts of the nation, and not infrequently broke out into street riots, and even open revolt. Quelled and dispersed by the soldiery, the rebels were still unsubdued. Driven out of the towns, they fled up into the mountains, and there, turning robbers, still continued to set the usurping authorities at defiance. Herod lowed his reputation, and later on his throne, to his successful raids against these very brigands. Let us listen to the account of the struggle handed down to us by Josephus: "When Herod was still quite young, his father, Antipater, confided to him the government of Galilee, albeit he was only fifteen. But his youth was more than made up by his energy and courage.and at that time governor of Syria.

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Jean Joseph Gaume

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Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff

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John Cain

Life’s a Good Gig,” takes us on an international romp from the ultimate groove to the infamous gig from hell with a band of brothers like no others, some cool cats, some downright deadbeats. It’s Jimmy Buffet gone Bill Bryson. Musician/adventurer John Cain, like chef Anthony Bourdain, samples each musical genre like a savory stew, and shares the creative process from the ridiculous to the sublime—from the dubious singing dog to X-rated song lyrics to an unimaginable code of professional ethics. Cain explores the mysteries of music and life in this well-crafted memoir of his musical sojourn. Jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride!

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Businessman Company

Life Plan: How to Plan for Your Life and Make Good Decisions First, I would like to thank you my dear reader for buying and reading this guide, which will help you understand the importance of identifying your values and goals in life, so you can turn your life 180 degree. Let me ask you a question, do you really have the will to turn your life 180 degree? Or is it just a dream that seems to be so far away? Each one of us wants to improve his life somehow. Some want to improve their relationships, some want to increase their wealth, some want to improve their health, and some want to experience more peace of mind.

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Amber Deckers

Ella Mental is back with her Good Sense Guide that just keeps on growing. She needs all the advice she can get from it though to help her cope with life - at times her new-found boyf status seems the least of her troubles...

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Deborah Kaminski

This book was first written for a contest that I entered, but now I want to share this book to the world. So many teens and adults alike have went through this or similar things in life and need to know that they are not alone and that things will get better, I promise. I just want at least one person to gain hope from this. There is mostly bad stuff in this book and a few extraordinary things that have happened that I have written about. So please read and have hope and faith that it WILL work. Even refer this book to someone or people that you may know that would learn from it, get hope from it, etc.

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Amber Deckers

Ella Mental is back with her Good Sense Guide that just keeps on growing. She needs all the advice she can get from it though to help her cope with life - at times her new-found boyf status seems the least of her troubles...

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Mark Vernon

Happiness. We all want it - but how can we get it? Author Mark Vernon has solved the problem by collecting the wisdom of the greatest minds in history and making their thinking on the things that matter most in life accessible and, above all, practical. Full of everday examples to make sometimes high-blown philosophy entertaining and relevant, this book shows you in just 30 steps how you can crack the secret to living The Good Life.

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Charlene H. Grafton

This is a true adventure story through many family generations with few romantic overtones. But for those tennis enthusiasts around the USA, the name of Charlene Grafton will ring a bell. In this memoir, the life of Charlene Grafton, her brothers, sister and the ancestors before them are revealed. As you read this compelling story, you will find qualities and values you would not expect to appear in their immediate family. Many circumstances could have led to tales of dismay on four fronts but as you follow the adventures of these people, an impressive quality of character will be shown in the names with their struggles throughout the book. This is an appealing family story about the people and the places and events that made me what I am today. It is not about sex or crime stories. True stories tell a tale much better than fiction especially when it comes to family intimacy with their history and choices through the years. Where did these traits and values originate? In her sixth book the author tells the stories of these survivors beginning with her early life in Oklahoma with her parents and her siblings, then college and nurse training. A series of moves to Las Vegas, service in the Army Nurse Corps, and marriage prove how this middle child tried to be as good as she could be, as best she could. After marriage and five children with several moves back and forth from a small town in Louisiana to Pensacola, shows the breadth of interest from this nurse with ideas for service to her community and her country. The author believes she introduced the term wellness in her popular group tennis instructions in NW Florida during the 60s and 70s with the addition of fitness in her classes while teaching more than 7,000 players before her entrance into coaching college tennis at UWF and later at NLU. Tennis aficionados will laugh and cry along with the writer with how her athletic prowess successes interfered with her marriage but not with her children. This nonfiction book will equal any of the books written about family historians with their search for answers from family tales to exact documentation proving the true history of hers and our early family American heroes. All of these stories allow for a new direction to bolster family values from a nurse’s viewpoint with her interest in her ancestors, in patriotism and giving back to the community. Other survival chapters lends itself to the men and women who plan on improving their family’s lifestyle which will open the eyes of the reader to leave a better health legacy than those they were left. A better answer to health care reform is recommended by taking action within the family rather than relying on individual government support. This memoir adds impetus with the after thoughts of the author, who shows you how to write, help with research and find resources to add to your family’s medical heritage and become your Family Health Historian. The author asks that you learn from her lessons in life and to understand the choices she made in her worldly adventures.

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Christopher Belshaw

10 Good Questions about Life and Death makes us think again about some of the most important issues we ever have to face. Addresses the fundamental questions that many of us ask about life and death. Written in an engaging and straightforward style, ideal for those with no formal background in philosophy. Focuses on commonly pondered issues, such as: Is life sacred? Is it bad to die? Is there life after death? Does life have meaning? And which life is best? Encourages readers to think about and respond to the human condition. Features case studies, thought-experiments, and references to literature, film, music, religion and myth.

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Ann M. Martin

Pearl Littlefield's first assignment in fifth grade is complicated: She has to write an essay about her summer. Where does she begin? Her dad lost his job, she had to go to a different camp—one where her older sister Lexie was a counselor-in-training (ugh!)—and she and her good friend James Brubaker III had a huge fight, which made them both wonder if the other kids were right that girls and boys can't be good friends and which landed one of them in the hospital. And there's much, much more on the list of good and bad things, as Ann Martin takes this appealing character into new adventures through which young readers will see that good or bad, life is what happens when you're making other plans, in Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far).

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Hugh Mackay

"No one can promise you that a life lived for others will bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it's certain that nothing else will." Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living? His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way. Mackay examines what is known as the Golden Rule through the prisms of religion, philosophy, politics, business and family life. And he explores the numerous and often painful ways we distract ourselves from this central principle: our pursuit of pleasure, our attempts to perfect ourselves and our children, and our conviction that we can have our lives under control. Argued with all the passion and intelligence we have come to expect from one of Australia's most prolific and insightful authors, The Good Life is a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly even change the way we live our lives. Shortlisted for Indie Awards' Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014 Shortlisted for ABIA Awards for General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014

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Mike W. Martin

What is happiness? How is it related to morality and virtue? Does living with illusion promote or diminish happiness? Is it better to pursue happiness with a partner than alone? Philosopher Mike W. Martin addresses these and other questions as he connects the meaning of happiness with the philosophical notion of "the good life."

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William B. Irvine

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Readers learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have. Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows readers how to become thoughtful observers of their own lives. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain in our life. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life.