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Fraser, Brad, 1959- author
Brad Fraser suffered an impoverished and abusive childhood. He grew to be one of the most celebrated, and controversial, Canadian playwrights. Brad Fraser chronicles his rise as he breaks with his past and enrolls as a performing arts student. Woven through this tale of artistic development is his journey as a queer man coming into himself during the most exhilarating period in the Gay Liberation Movement, and the dawn of a global health crisis.
Green, John, 1977- author
The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his podcast, author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale--from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.
Simpkins, C. Alexander, author
For those searching for mindful moments or for a more engaged way of navigating life in the twenty-first century, Buddhism for Beginners opens the door to understanding Buddhism's key concepts and practices. In this new hardcover edition, the authors explain in clear and simple terms: -The history of Buddhism -The key themes and belief systems (the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, Mahayana, nirvana and more) -Ways of integrating Buddhist principles and philosophy into the everyday -The organizing notions and overarching thesis of Buddhism: to live fully aware in the moment, to see things as they truly are, and to recognize yourself as part of the whole -Buddhism's relevance today.
Sasakamoose, Fred, 1933- author
Fred Sasakamoose, torn from his home at the age of seven, endured the horrors of residential school for a decade before becoming one of 120 players in the most elite hockey league in the world. When people tell his story, this is usually where they end it. Sasakamoose's story was far from over. He paved a way for youth to find solace and meaning in sports for generations to come. This ground breaking memoir intersects Canadian history and Indigenous politics, and follows his journey to reclaim pride in an identity that had previously been used against him.
Kenney, Rob, author.
Rob Kenney's father left him and his seven siblings when he was fourteen years old. He and his siblings had to figure these things out on their own. Now a father himself, Rob decided that he would help people out by providing how-to tips as well as advice--and even throw in some bad dad jokes. He started a YouTube channel for anyone looking for fatherly advice--gaining a following of nearly 2.5 million subscribers. Rob shares his story of overcoming a difficult childhood with the strength of faith and family, and offers inspiration and hope.
Kengor, Paul, 1966- author
A strongly critical look at Karl Marx and how a fascination with the Judeo-Christian devil influenced Marxism and his political writings. Examines Marx's antagonism to organized religion, particularly the Catholic Church, concluding that socialist and communist ideologies are, at their core, evil
Rushdie, Salman, author
Newly collected, revised, and expanded nonfiction--including one original essay--from the first two decades of the twenty-first century by the Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author. Salman Rushdie is celebrated as a storyteller of the highest order, illuminating deep truths about our society and culture through his gorgeous, often searing, prose. Now, in his latest collection of nonfiction, he brings together insightful and inspiring essays, criticism, and speeches that focus on his relationship with the written word, and solidify his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time. Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2020, Languages of Truth chronicles Rushdie's own intellectual engagement with a period of momentous cultural shifts. Immersing the reader in a wide variety of subjects, he delves into the nature of storytelling as a deeply human need, and what emerges is, in myriad ways, a love letter to literature itself. Rushdie explores what the work of authors from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Samuel Beckett, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison mean to him, often by telling vivid, sometimes humorous stories of his own personal encounters with them, whether on the page or in person. He delves deeper than ever before into the nature of "truth," revels in the vibrant malleability of language, and the creative lines that can join art and life, and he looks anew at migration, multiculturalism and censorship. The ideas, true stories, and arguments presented here are at once revelatory, funny, and eye-opening, enlivened on every page by Rushdie's signature wit and dazzling voice, making this volume a genuine pleasure to read. Languages of Truth offers the author's most piercingly analytical views yet on the evolution of literature and culture even as he takes us deep into his own exuberant and fearless imagination.
Beckman, Milo, author
"Math Without Numbers is an illustrated, lucidly written guide to nothing less than the three fields of inquiry at the highest level of mathematical thinking. This book is a spaceship taking you to a magical world of unerring truth and endless adventure."-- Provided by publisher.
Simpkins, C. Alexander author
"Taoism for Beginners is a practical guide to applying the key notions, concepts and beliefs underlying Taoism's various branches and schools. Authors C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins tap into their years of training and study in meditation, martial arts and Eastern philosophy to provide readers with a comprehensive introduction to the spiritual tenets and attainments that mark the holistic pathway to a life more in balance. This beginning resource makes an ancient religion, its practices and history accessible for a twenty-first century reader."-- Provided by publisher.