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Books 71 to 80 of 193 total found for Adults
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All: A Novel
Jonas Jonasson

Hitman Anders, recently out of prison, is doing small jobs for the big gangsters. Then his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who also happens to be an atheist), and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel which is now a one-star hotel. The three join forces and concoct an unusual business plan based on Hitman Anders' skills and his fearsome reputation. The vicar and receptionist will organize jobs for a group of gangsters, and will attract customers using the tabloids' love of lurid headlines.

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Home for Unwanted Girls, The
Goodman, Joanna

The story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.

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Yaa Gyasi

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Esi will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Homegoing stretches from the tribal wars of Ghana to the Civil War to 20th century Harlem, capturing the troubled spirit of America.

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How to Change Your Mind
Pollan, Michael

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

Angelou tells the story of her difficult childhood and young adult years. Raised by her extended African American family, she endured racism, rape, and teen pregnancy, rising above adversity to become a respected educator and author.

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I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey
Izzeldin Abuelaish

Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, in this personal account of his life, Gaza doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish is calling for the people of the Middle East to start talking to each other.

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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The
Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks was not a famous woman, but her cells are known to scientists as "HeLa". She was a poor black woman whose cells - taken without her knowledge in the 1950s - became critically important to medical research due to their unique properties. HeLa was used to aid in developing some vaccines, cloning, and for in vitro fertilization. The book tells a true story of medical ethics, law, poverty and race.

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Immortalists, The
Benjamin, Chloe

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

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Imposter Bride, The
Nancy Richler

In post-war Montreal, a young enigmatic woman arrives to meet her betrothed only to be turned down by him. She marries his brother instead and their quiet life together is shattered when it becomes apparent she has stolen another's identity.

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In the Shadow of the Banyan
Vaddey Ratner

For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn, bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Soon the family's world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as the Khmer Rouge attempts to strip the population of every shred of individual identity, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of her childhood--the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival.

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