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acting superstar
"Explores the life and career of actor, singer and fashion model Zendaya. Learn about Zendaya's childhood, family, and career, including how she got her start and her rise to fame"--Provided by publisher.

Harriet Tubman

abolitionist and American hero
Harriet Tubman dreamed of freedom from a young age. After suffering enslavement in her early life, Tubman escaped to freedom through the secret network of the Underground Railroad. From then on, she devoted herself to freeing and helping others. She led daring escapes along the Railroad, traveling by night and wearing clever disguises so she and her "passengers" could avoid capture. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse and spy for the Union Army and even led a raid. Learn about Tubman's extraordinary life and how she kept fighting for freedom and justice.

She shoots, she scores!

a celebration of women's soccer
Young soccer fans will discover how the early female players overcame prejudice to set up their own teams, and read the compelling stories of players who beat the odds to become famous around the world: including Scotland's Rose Reilly, Asisat Oshoala from Nigeria, and Afghanistan's Nadia Nadim.

Confidence man

the making of Donald Trump and the breaking of America
"From the Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter who has defined Donald J. Trump's presidency like no other journalist: a magnificent and disturbing reckoning that moves beyond simplistic caricature, chronicling his rise in New York City to his tortured post-presidency and his potential comeback. Few journalists working today have covered Donald Trump more extensively than Maggie Haberman. And few understand him and his motivations better. Now, demonstrating her majestic command of this story, Haberman reveals in full the depth of her understanding of the 45th president himself, and of what the Trump phenomenon means. Interviews with hundreds of sources and numerous interviews over the years with Trump himself portray a complicated and often contradictory historical figure. Capable of kindness but relying on casual cruelty as it suits his purposes. Pugnacious. Insecure. Lonely. Vindictive. Menacing. Smarter than his critics contend and colder and more calculating than his allies believe. A man who embedded himself in popular culture, galvanizing support for a run for high office that he began preliminary spadework for 30 years ago, to ultimately become a president who pushed American democracy to the brink. The through-line of Trump's life and his presidency is the enduring question of what is in it for him or what he needs to say to survive short increments of time in the pursuit of his own interests. Confidence Man is also, inevitably, about the world that produced such a singular character, giving rise to his career and becoming his first stage. It is also about a series of relentlessly transactional relationships. The ones that shaped him most were with girlfriends and wives, with Roy Cohn, with George Steinbrenner, with Mike Tyson and Don King and Roger Stone, with city and state politicians like Robert Morgenthau and Rudy Giuliani, with business partners, with prosecutors, with the media, and with the employees who toiled inside what they commonly called amongst themselves the "Trump Disorganization." That world informed the one that Trump tried to recreate while in the White House. All of Trump's behavior as President had echoes in what came before. In this revelatory and newsmaking book, Haberman brings together the events of his life into a single mesmerizing work. It is the definitive account of one of the most norms-shattering and consequential eras in American political history"--.

Men in Blazers present gods of soccer

the pantheon of the 100 greatest soccer players (according to us)
"From the hosts of the popular NBC Sports show Men in Blazers and one of the biggest soccer podcasts in the world, Roger Bennett and Michael Davies will profile the greatest male and female soccer players of all time. With the same signature humor as they brought to their New York Times Bestseller Encyclopedia Blazertannica, Bennett and Davis will feature a mini biography, fun facts and an illustrated or photographic portrait of both new and legendary soccer players, from Pel?, Maradona, and Messi to Mia Hamm, Marta, and Megan Rapinoe. In their one-of-a-kind laugh out loud style and schtick, the guys will tell the stories of triumph, skill, and tenacity, experienced by household names like David Beckham and Alex Morgan, along with lesser-known icons such as Garrincha, the Brazilian star of the 1960's who was born with one leg six inches shorter than the other and Briana Scurry, who trail-blazed a path for young, black, soccer-playing women. Collectively, these stories will create a comprehensive history of soccer-its evolution and growth-as told by the lives of the legends of the game and the way their play transformed the world of soccer itself"--.

The prosperous hip hop producer

my beat-making journey from my grandma's patio to a six-figure business

Dummy boy

Tekashi 6ix 9ine and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods
This biography of the controversial hip-hop star looks at how his alliance with a notorious street gang and how his story shines light on the long-running connection between rap, gangs, and police in New York City.

Hustle harder, hustle smarter

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson tells about his comeback from tragic personal loss to thriving businessman in this self-help guide offering advice on embracing change.

Alone at dawn

Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the untold story of the world's deadliest special operations force
"The astonishing true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms."--Provided by publisher.

Before I had the words

on being a transgender young adult
At the beginning of his physical transition from female to male, then-seventeen-year-old Skylar Kergil posted his first video on YouTube. In the months and years that followed, he recorded weekly update videos about the physical and emotional changes he experienced. Skylar's openness and positivity attracted thousands of viewers, who followed along as his voice deepened and his body changed shape. Through surgeries and recovery, highs and lows, from high school to college to the real world, Skylar welcomed others on his journey. Before I Had the Words is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, Skylar reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender. As humorous as it is heartbreaking and as informative as it is entertaining, this memoir provides an intimate look at the experience of transitioning from one gender to another. Skylar opens up about the long path to gaining his family's acceptance and to accepting himself, sharing stories along the way about smaller challenges like choosing a new name and learning to shave without eyebrow mishaps. Revealing entries from the author's personal journals as well as interviews with his mother, brother, and friends lend remarkable depth to Skylar's story. A groundbreaking chronicle of change, loss, discovery, pain, and relief, Before I Had the Words brings new meaning to the phrase "formative years.".


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