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“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” by Beth Macy

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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

by Beth Macy

Genre: Nonfiction/Social Sciences/Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology

14.99 at time of posting!

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.
Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.
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“You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession” by Piper Weiss

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You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession

by Piper Weiss

Genre: Nonfiction/Biography/Teenagers/True Crime

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A riveting blend of true crime and coming-of-age memoir— The Stranger Beside Me meets Prep—that presents an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of girlhood within Manhattan’s exclusive private-school scene in the early 1990s, and a thoughtful meditation on adolescent obsession and the vulnerability of youth.

Piper Weiss was fourteen years old when her middle-aged tennis coach, Gary Wilensky, one of New York City’s most prestigious private instructors, killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of his teenage students. In the aftermath, authorities discovered that this well-known figure among the Upper East Side tennis crowd was actually a frightening child predator who had built a secret torture chamber—a “Cabin of Horrors”—in his secluded rental in the Adirondacks.

Before the shocking scandal broke, Piper had been thrilled to be one of “Gary’s Girls.” “Grandpa Gary,” as he was known among his students, was different from other adults—he treated Piper like a grown-up, taking her to dinners, engaging in long intimate conversations with her, and sending her special valentines. As reporters swarmed her private community in the wake of Wilensky’s death, Piper learned that her mentor was a predator with a sordid history of child stalking and sexual fetish. But why did she still feel protective of Gary, and why was she disappointed that he hadn’t chosen her?

Now, twenty years later, Piper examines the event as both a teenage eyewitness and a dispassionate investigative reporter, hoping to understand and exorcise the childhood memories that haunt her to this day. Combining research, interviews, and personal records, You All Grow Up and Leave Me explores the psychological manipulation by child predators—their ability to charm their way into seemingly protected worlds—and the far-reaching effects their actions have on those who trust them most.

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“NAKED: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina” by Julie Freed

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NAKED: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina

by Julie Freed

Genre: Memoirs/Nonfiction/Motherhood/Divorce

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13 years ago a Mississippi house and marriage violently disintegrated.  Abandoned by her husband and left alone to raise an infant in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Julie is surrounded by the rubble of her life – stripped bare by love and loss.  What happens when one woman loses everything?
 
Naked is a true story about choices, divorce, addictions, a mother’s dream, and a baby girl named Genoa. Julie shares a remarkable story with humor and tenderness.  A story of suffering and empowerment – experience the vulnerability, intimate reflections, and ultimately the freedom as Julie’s journey unfolds.

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“Bagel Boy” by Aviva Gittle

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Bagel Boy: A book for ages 4-8 that teaches basic nutrition through a fun story and humorous pictures. Print version has coloring pages!

by Aviva Gittle, Jennifer Chappell (Illustrator)

Genre: Children/Nonfiction/Humorous/Diet & Nutrition

FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Why are these kids chasing this poor boy around with butter,
jam and cream cheese? Because Dana has suddenly turned
into his favorite food in the whole wide world: A bagel. A
giant, crusty-on-the-outside, soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside, bagel.

How will Dana ever get back to being a little boy again?

Find out in this fun and tasty tale about what happens when
you (or the picky eater you love) will only eat a certain kind
of food all the time.

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“Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Editions” by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition

by Margot Lee Shetterly

Genre: Children/Nonfiction/Science/Education & Reference/Math

1.99 at time of posting! FREE on Kindle FreeTime Unlimited!

The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

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“Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States” by Zora Neale Hurston

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Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States

by Zora Neale Hurston

Genre: Nonfiction/Social Sciences/African-American Studies/Folklore & Mythology

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Every Tongue Got to Confess is an extensive volume of African American folklore that Zora Neale Hurston collected on her travels through the Gulf States in the late 1920s.The bittersweet and often hilarious tales — which range from longer narratives about God, the Devil, white folk, and mistaken identity to witty one-liners — reveal attitudes about faith, love, family, slavery, race, and community. Together, this collection of nearly 500 folktales weaves a vibrant tapestry that celebrates African American life in the rural South and represents a major part of Zora Neale Hurston’s literary legacy.

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“Great Cape o’Colors – Capa de colores: English-Spanish with Pronunciation Guide” by Karl Beckstrand

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Great Cape o’Colors – Capa de colores: English-Spanish with Pronunciation Guide

by Karl Beckstrand, John Collado (Illustrator)

Genre: Children/Nonfiction/Multilingual

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(Language learning) “This is a magic cape!” A career/color picture book adventure: Explore colors—and daring jobs—with full text and pronunciation guide in both Spanish and English (for ages 3 years & up ESL/ELL). Count the careers, colors, cultures, and costumes, or dress up! Learn some color theory and make a game of pretending to be all the different characters (try on costumes). Comes with online extras: ChildrenEarn. “Bright illustrations.…excellent for teachers.” – Maritza Mejia, author/educator.

Get this read aloud children’s book with black and Hispanic superheroes (girl, boy; Easy to read & level 1 ESOL/ESE) in Spanish-only with pronunciation guide, English-only, coloring book, soft or hard cover, or ebook versions. 100 words—double for bilingual—in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning author Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by John Collado.

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