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He warned her that if she didn't follow his lead and if she got them caught, he would kill her. Lyra obeyed him immediately because she knew what the alethiometer had said was true: he was a murderer, and could kill her, too. She had never bathed herself before, but she managed to do so now. They went to a department store and found Lyra some clothes, and when Will suggested trousers, she was taken aback by the very idea. Instead they found her an unremarkable blouse and skirt. She questioned why he would pay for the clothes when none of the other kids here would, but Will insisted on doing so anyway.

Will took Lyra to the window he had come through and instructed her on how to reach the Oxford city centre once she was through. Lyra went through the window with Pan as a wasp, and she came out on the other side near a very busy road. She tried to cross the road, unaware that the vehicles in this world could move so fast, and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

She was dazed and lying on the ground when Will came through the window after her to help. It took her a minute to get her bearings, and she was finally able to get up with Will's help. She had a slight limp as Will led her away from the accident and around the corner to a bench. Lyra immediately checked to see if her alethiometer had been damaged, and once satisfied that it had not been, turned her attention to Will.

Will was extremely angry with her, and came to the conclusion that they would have to travel together to the city centre or Lyra would give them away. They walked to Summertown where Will got money and handed Lyra a twenty-pound note. He got them onto a bus into the city centre, and once they had gotten off, Lyra began to realize just how different this Oxford was from her Oxford. She felt herself trembling and began pointing out all the things that were "wrong" with this Oxford, including the fact that there was no Jordan College. It made her realize her search for scholars might take a while.

Once she separated from Will, she wandered around his Oxford seeking out familiar sites. She bought a bar of chocolatl and an apple, then found a spot outside of a museum to eat. Upon exploring the museum, she found that many of the exhibits displayed familiar items she recognised from her own world, including furs that reminded her of the gyptians and ropes that reminded her of the Tartars.

She stopped in front of a case of trepanned skulls next to a skull that had been struck by an arrow. She asked the alethiometer about the skulls, and it indicated that one of the skulls belonged to a sorcerer who lived 33, years ago.


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The alethiometer also indicated that the trepanned skulls attracted much more Dust than the skull with an arrow in it. Once she had broken out of her trance with the alethiometer, Lyra noticed an elderly man nearby. He struck up a conversation with her and introduced himself as Charles. Lyra thought he was kind and smartly-dressed, but his pleasant smell was familiar and she was wary of him.

She managed to disengage from the conversation quickly, but he gave her his contact information before she left the museum entirely. Once she had exited, she found a nearby park to consult the alethiometer about her search for the scholar. It gave her a direct answer to a room in the building nearby, and gave her some additional information. It told her to focus on helping Will find his father, a task which surprised Lyra because she had just met him.

The alethiometer also warned her not to lie to the scholar she was about to meet. Once the alethiometer had finished, Lyra turned to the building nearby and went in search of her scholar. Upon entering the building, Lyra managed to get past the porter by lying that she knew Dr Lister, a name she had seen on the pigeonhole behind the porter. She went to the second floor and found the door labeled ' Dark Matter Research Unit ' which the alethiometer had indicated before. She knocked and entered when she heard a woman's voice invite her inside. She saw a woman scholar - surprising to Lyra - sitting in front of a computer which Lyra did not recognize as a computer.

After shutting the door, Lyra made an effort not to lie because of what the alethiometer said. They introduced themselves to each other and Lyra learned the woman's name was Dr Mary Malone. She asked Mary about Dust, which Lyra explained to the best of her ability. She even spoke about the trepanned skulls at the museum attracting it. Mary was considerably shocked and asked once again who Lyra was. Lyra explained that she came from another world entirely, and got frustrated as she stumbled over her own explanation. Mary interjected and said Lyra's Dust sounds like what she had been investigating there which they called shadow -particles.

She explained her division was about to be shut down in a week because of their lack of progress. Mary made them some coffee and explained more about dark matter and shadow-particles. Shadow-particles were consciousness, and Lyra focused intently on this explanation upon hearing this. Mary explained that they had a machine - the Cave - through which one can communicate with shadow particles. She revealed that the Cave seemed to react to any item that had been associated with human workmanship or human thought. He discovered that there was a cut-off point when he tested fossils from thirty- or forty-thousand years ago when there were no Shadows, but after the current human evolution Shadows surrounded the skulls.

Lyra was convinced the Shadows were the same as Dust, and demanded to see the Cave machine. Mary led Lyra into the other room where the Cave was and she explained that one had to be hooked up to it and the screen would display the Shadow reactions. When Lyra asked to try the machine, Mary refused because it was expensive and Lyra was just a child.

Lyra then showed Mary her alethiometer and tried to explain that it must work the same way as the Cave. She insisted Mary ask her a question so she could prove she knew what she was doing. Mary asked Lyra what she had been doing before her research here, and Lyra consulted the alethiometer and discovered Mary had been a nun. Mary finally agreed to let Lyra try the machine, admitting she felt like she was in a dream so why not? Once Mary had the machine going, she hooked Lyra up to it and told her to look at the screen as she tried to get a response.

Lyra used the same mindset that she used with the alethiometer and the screen lit up with all kinds of fantastical light swirls. It was not as clear as Lyra believed it could be, so when she tried again, she pictured the alethiometer symbols. She asked what Mary would have to do to understand the language of the shadows?

And the answer on the screen displayed clearly-depicted alethiometer symbols, which Lyra was able to read easily. The machine told her that Mary could alter the machine to use actual words, and that there are many ways to communicate with Shadows, like I Ching , a form of Chinese divination. When she was done, Lyra insisted that Mary make the machine use words so she wouldn't lose her funding.

Lyra also asked about whether Dust and Shadows were good or evil, a question which Mary found an embarrassment to scientific research. Lyra insisted this was something that needed to be considered, then agreed to come back the next day so that Mary could show someone else Lyra's reading of the machine. After reminding Mary that she needed answers too, Lyra left the building. Lyra found Will sitting on a bench, and noticed a couple of police officers looking at him. She approached the police officers and introduced herself and Will as siblings looking for their parents at a nearby museum.

Once she had got the direction, she and Will began to walk. Lyra noticed that Will was very angry, and in a heated argument, he insisted that she was just drawing attention to them by talking to the police officers. Lyra became just as angry and insisted that she was a great liar and had thrown the police off his scent. During their hushed argument, Lyra revealed that she knew about his search for his missing father. She showed him the alethiometer and how it could tell her about his mother and his goal.

Will insisted that Lyra never pry with the alethiometer again, and that they would need to trust each other moving forward. Lyra agreed and told Will that she had accidentally betrayed a friend in the past, but would do her best to not betray him. Sunderland Avenue , where the window between the worlds was located. Lyra woke up the next morning and went outside. She played with some of the town kids and they told her about how cats are evil and that there are no adults anywhere in the city. Lyra could tell they were lying about the Torre degli Angeli tower, where she had seen a young man the night before.

She left them to their own devices and went back to check on Will. When she discovered he was still sleeping, she left him a note and went on her own back to Will's world through the window. She was eager to talk to her scholar Dr Malone again. When Lyra arrived at the laboratory, Dr Malone warned her that there were two agents inside the lab waiting to question her. Lyra was unconcerned and convinced that she could lie her way through the situation, so she entered the lab and was questioned by Sergeant Clifford and Inspector Walters.

During the questioning, Lyra lied about who she was and where she was staying, but she slipped up and accidentally revealed that she knew Will. As soon as she realized her mistake, Lyra ran away from the laboratory and the two agents were hot on her heels. She ran and ran through the city, with Pan helping her navigate by flying above her and telling her which direction to go.

She paused along the street of Norham Gardens to speak with Pan, but soon was on guard again at the arrival of a large blue car in the street. Lyra recognized the man from the museum - Charles - and accepted a ride from him in order to ensure that she would not be followed by the agents. She had him drive her back to Summertown so she could escape to the other world, and kept up minimal conversation with him.

She ranted and raved to Will about how sorry and angry she was about what had just happened. She revealed that the alethiometer had wanted her to help find Will's father, not go back to Dr Malone, and she had ignored its desires. After explaining everything, she realized that she had a business card telling her exactly where Charles Latrom lived, and insisted they go and get the alethiometer back. It took some convincing, but eventually Will agreed and led the way back to his world and to the manor of Charles Latrom.

When they arrived at Charles' mansion in Headington , they were allowed entrance by his servant. Will held back Lyra from accusing Sir Charles of theft, and instead he explained that Lyra thought she left it in his car by mistake. Lyra was infuriated when Sir Latrom showed them the alethiometer and explained that it was now his property because the children could not prove otherwise.

Lyra was so angry that she got to her feet and Pantalaimon changed into a cat right in front of Sir Charles. She proceeded to spit in his face, which he calmly wiped away. Sir Charles proceeded to explain that the only way he would give back the alethiometer was if Lyra and Will retrieved a knife from the other world they had taken refuge in. He had his chauffeur take them all to the location of the window as he explained the task to the children. He told them very little about the knife, except that it kept Spectres away and the owner must be holed up in the Torre degli Angeli tower.

He told them not to bother returning without it, or he would turn them into the police. She could not recall where she had seen him before, but she was sure she knew Charles from her past. When they arrived at the tower, Lyra told Will about the man she had seen in the window. They couldn't find a way into the tower aside from the front door, so they all carefully entered that way. Will led the way up the stairs and peaked in on the young man before leading Lyra further up the tower. They wanted to explore a bit more before confronting the young man with the knife, and during their investigation of the higher floors, they discovered an old man who had been beaten and tied up.

They released him and he introduced himself as Giacomo Paradisi , the "bearer. Just a few moments later, the young man himself came up and confronted them. There was a long fight between the young man, Will and Lyra. When it ended, Will was triumphant holding the knife and the young man fled from the tower. However, Will lost two of his fingers in the process and passed out from the blood loss. When he regained consciousness, Lyra was taking care of him and she helped him down the stairs to one of the lower floors where Mr Paradisi had some medicine to help Will.

Lyra assisted the old man with treating Will by fetching bandages. While the old man treated Will with some special medicine to help staunch the bleeding, Pantalaimon called Lyra over to the window. She witnessed Tullio , the young man that had fought Will for the knife, was being attacked by the invisible Spectres in the streets below. His siblings Angelica and Paolo, two of the kids Lyra had met before, were trying to save him but couldn't. They both looked up at Lyra in the window of the tower and vowed to kill her because they blamed her for his death, then they ran away.

Lyra turned back to the others, who had not witnessed or heard what happened, and helped with bandaging. The old man gave the knife to Will and explained that we was now the bearer by right. Any bearer of the knife lost those two fingers, and he showed his own hand which was missing the same two fingers. He warned them against giving the knife to Charles Latrom, who would ultimately betray them. Upon examining the knife, Lyra compared the blade to the blade that the General Oblation Board had tried to use to separate her and Pan back at Bolvangar.

Giacomo Paradisi explained that the knife could cut through any material in the world, and could even cut an opening into another world. He tried to teach Will how to do this, but Will collapsed into himself and started crying. To Lyra's intense surprise, Pantalaimon became a wolfhound and went over to Will, resting against his knee and licking his wound. This gesture soothed Will and he regained his composure in order to learn what Giacomo Paradisi was teaching him. Lyra was speechless when Will used the knife to create a window into another world.

Pantalaimon flew through it briefly and enjoyed the fresh air on the other side before returning to Lyra's side. Then Giacomo Paradisi taught Will how to close the window. Lyra sensed that Will was having a hard time closing it, and she gave him a pep talk about embracing the pain of his hand rather than concentrating on two things at once.

This led Will to accomplish closing the window with ease. Giacomo Paradisi proceeded to explain a little about the history of the knife, and that the Spectres were the fault of the Guild who created it. He also told Will about the rules of the knife. He proceeded to explain that he was going to take poison before the Spectres could get to him, which distressed Lyra. She was teary-eyed as she and Will finally left the tower. Will tried to reassure her that it was for the best, then told her that they would use the knife to steal her alethiometer back.

Will asked Lyra to carry his letters in her rucksack in case they couldn't make it back later. They made their final approach to the manor while in Will's world. While she was keeping watch, Lyra heard a car approaching. She and Pan ran and looked through the bushes to where the car had parked. They suffered a terrible shock when they saw that Sir Charles' guest was her own mother, Marisa Coulter. She saw him through another window that led into Charles' study, and once they were close enough, she explained to him that her mother was Sir Charles' guest, and that he was not Charles at all, but a man called Lord Boreal , whom Lyra had met at her mother's cocktail party a while ago.

Will told her to be quiet if she wanted to stay and listen to the conversation, so she quieted herself. When Lord Boreal and Mrs Coulter entered the room, Lyra strained to hear as they spoke of her father Lord Asriel and his plans to wage a war. They also spoke of the different worlds and the windows between them, and Mrs Coulter spoke of her desire to know more about Dust and the difference between adults and children.

When Lord Boreal placed the alethiometer on a nearby endtable, Will instructed Lyra to go back through the other window and throw some rocks to cause a distraction. She did exactly as he instructed and, once back on the lawn outside the study, she threw several rocks through the windows then hid in nearby shrubbery. Lyra managed to escape back through the window without being discovered thanks to the tabby cat that she and Will rescued. He collapsed onto the grass and Lyra thanked him profusely for everything he had done, and she promised to use the alethiometer to help him find his father.

She then guided them to a nearby house to rest for the night. The next morning, Lyra woke up first and went down to the kitchen to prepare some coffee for herself and Will. When Will arrived down in the kitchens, Lyra was immediately concerned with his unsteadiness and helped him to sit. Shortly after, Lyra left him alone to wash himself while she found him some clothes elsewhere in the villa. When she returned to him, she made him a makeshift bandage and wrapped his hand again, worried by the fact that the wound was still bleeding and his hand was swollen.

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She proceeded to make the coffee and toasted some bread for them. After they ate, Will gave her permission to use the alethiometer and ask what they should do next Lyra was adamant that she wouldn't use it for anything unless Will told her to. He was concerned by the fact that Angelica's brother was still on the loose. Lyra explained to him what happened to Tullio while he was being bandaged by Giacomo, and how Angelica had looked at her with hatred. Although this is what concerned Lyra the most, Will suggested they focus on what Sir Charles and Mrs Coulter might do next. Lyra was very concerned that her mother would find a way to get to them in this world despite the presence of Spectres.

Will asked Lyra to find out about his mother before asking about his father. She used the alethiometer and determined that his mother was still safe with the friend that Will left her with, and this friend would not tell anyone where she was. Before she could ask about his father, they heard shouting outside of the villa and looked outside to see a group of fifty children headed towards them, some of them armed with guns.

Angelica and the boy with the striped T-shirt were at the head of the crowd, urging them all forward. Angelica was yelling about how Lyra and Will killed her brother and stole their knife, and the crowd of children yelled in agreement, apparently willing to kill them. Lyra was furious and expressed how she wished she had killed Angelica yesterday so this wouldn't be happening. Will cut her off and insisted that they leave he couldn't cut through to his world because they would be in broad daylight by Sir Charles' house.

They ran through the villa to the back kitchen garden and determined they should make a run for the woods a few hundred yards away. The going was tough because Will got tired very easily and slowed to a walk, and Pantalaimon warned them from his position in the air above that a boy had noticed them. Will made the decision that they wouldn't make it to the trees, so they should take refuge in a tower that was closer.

They made their way there and climbed the spiral staircase up to a viewing platform, where they could see the children running towards them. Will cut a window, but they were both disappointed when they saw that it opened to a spot fifty feet in the air. Lyra was paralysed in the corner as the children rushed into the room below, but Will thought quickly and cut the top of the iron staircase, causing it to fall. Some of the children left the tower and tried to rush up the outside rooftop, but Lyra went to the edge and Pan changed into a leopard causing the children to pause.

They started throwing things, so Will used the knife to cut two sword-length pieces of metal which he and Lyra used to attack the children. Suddenly, a great white snow goose made an appearance and startled the attacking children. She called out to Serafina for help, and the group of witches rained down arrows to scare off the children. The children all retreated, startled by the appearance of creatures they had never seen before, and Lyra called out her thanks to the witches above.

Kaisa came to Lyra's side and explained that the witches could not come down to the ground because the place was riddled with Spectres, and they had already lost one witch so they couldn't risk losing more. Lyra and Will descended from the tower by hopping off the roof, and Lyra introduced Will to Kaisa. Will brandished his knife when Kaisa pointed out that the Spectres were afraid of him, and then Serafina Pekkala herself had descended to ask why the Spectres were afraid of him. Lyra was ecstatic and hugged Serafina enthusiastically, thanking her and asking all sorts of questions.

Serafina told them about a cave in the woods that was not far away, and told them to meet her and the other witches there. Serafina took to the sky again and Lyra turned to Will, chatting happily with him about how they would be safe now and how Serafina had saved them. They set off for the cave, but it took three times as long as predicted because Will was very weak and had to stop and rest several times. When they finally reached the cave, Serafina told Will that she would help with his wound, but in the meantime he should sleep. She gave him a potion and he immediately fell asleep, leaving Lyra to tell Serafina everything that had happened since they had last seen each other.

Later in the evening, Lyra was put to work mixing herbs in a pot while the witches woke up Will in preparation for their spell. They cast the spell by chanting at him and the subtle knife. When one witch came over with a terrified hare clutched in her arms, Pantalaimon became distressed and changed into a hare out of sympathy.

She used the medicine to seal the hare's wound, and the animal ran off relatively unharmed. Serafina then applied the medication liberally to Will's wound and packed it with herbs, concluding the ceremony. Lyra slept beside Will for the rest of the night. In the morning, Serafina revealed that the witches had decided to accompany Lyra on her task: leading Will to his father. Under the guidance of the alethiometer, Lyra determined they should go in the direction of the mountains. As they traveled, Lyra spent her time admiring the forest animals. At one point, Pan was encouraging her to use the alethiometer to find out more about Will, but Lyra said it would be greedy and nosy to do so.

They spoke of who Will's father might be, and Lyra was positive that he must be an important man because they were clearly doing something important. Will told her a story about his mentally-ill mother and how kids in his world had tormented her before, so he wasn't so surprised by Angelica and her friends. Lyra was able to make the connection that Will thought Spectres were the cause of his mother's illness. He told her about his desire to find his father, and about the man he had killed. They continued towards the mountains, and around noon, they encountered a village without any Spectres.

There were children at play who ran for their parents when they saw Lyra and Will. Lyra was able to buy some food and even a new shirt for Will while they were there, and they moved on after Will had rinsed in a river and changed. They only stopped once they reached a valley, where they decided to make camp and rest.

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Lyra laid down to sleep near Will with her back to him. Will addressed Pantalaimon directly, believing Lyra was asleep, but she was actually listening to their conversation. Will told Pan that he was scared to die, but Pan reassured him and spoke of how Lyra believed him to be very brave. Later that evening, Lyra was toasting bread when Will woke up. Once he had joined her by the fire, they ate roasted bird and blueberries while the witches gathered to talk. She expressed to Will how much she hoped it was Lee that the witches had seen, hoping to reunite with him.

The witches armed themselves when they heard the distressed cries again, and some guarded the children as a fight took place in the sky. Without warning, a cliff-ghast landed at their feet, and it lunged at Lyra. Will beheaded the creature with the subtle knife, saving Lyra.

The fight among the witches and the creatures continued above in the sky until Serafina Pekkala finally landed with her companion Ruta. As the witches rebuilt their camp, Ruta Skadi filled everyone in on what had happened when she went to Lord Asriel 's fortress. She told of how the castle he inhabited was grandiose and how he had gathered warriors of every kind and from every world.

She had managed to get into the castle and to his chambers where she questioned him about his intentions. As they sat by the fire, Ruta relayed his invitation for the witches to join his army in a fight against the Authority. Serafina Pekkala explained to Ruta that she had to stay and continue helping Lyra and Will find his father. In the middle of the night, she and Will were briefly surrounded by a group of angels , a sight which Pantalaimon woke up to see, but would only remember as a dream later.

The following day, they travelled the mountainous terrain for a long time. She left without any further explanation. One of the witches flew down to Lyra as she was talking to Will, and the witch explained that she had seen someone following them from behind.

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Lyra instructed her to go take a closer look, but to be careful doing so. The witch flew off, and Lyra and Will continued on their journey. That evening, they stopped to sleep on the mountains. Lyra fell asleep easily, but during the night Will took a climb further up the mountain to ward off restlessness. The witches guarding Lyra were attacked by Spectres under the control of Marisa Coulter , and Lyra herself was kidnapped leaving only the alethiometer behind. The Valley of the Rainbows where Lyra was kept captive. Lyra was taken by her mother to a cave in the Valley of the Rainbows.

Mrs Coulter kept Lyra drugged in a deep sleep for most of her time in this cave. During her drugged sleep, she dreamed of her former friend Roger Parslow , ghosts and the world of the dead. During one rare period in between being drugged, Lyra woke up and fought with her mother to stay awake. Mrs Coulter slapped Lyra hard across the face, stunning Lyra enough for her mother to force a sleeping potion down her throat.

With only the choice to choke or drink, Lyra was once again drugged and drifted back to sleep, continuing to dream about Roger and the world of the dead. Lyra was rescued by Will, who used the subtle knife to cut into another world. Because he was distracted by thoughts of his mother while cutting, Will broke the knife, but the children were still able to escape. After Iorek Byrnison reluctantly repaired the knife, Will used it create a window into the World of the Dead.

They travelled to a town there where they were taken to the holding area because they were still living. Here Lyra learned to see her death. An inhabitant of the holding area, Magda's death , explained to her how to cross to the land of the dead. In the land of the dead, Lyra bargained with the harpies ; their new job would be to guide souls through the land of the dead in exchange for hearing stories about their lives.

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Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

Account Options Sign in. Top Charts. New Arrivals. Uncensored advice for a better life. See more. Mark Manson. We live in an interesting time. Mike Bechtle. Strange as it may seem, other people are not nearly as committed to our happiness as we are. In fact, sometimes they seem like they're on a mission to make us miserable! There's always that one person. The one who hijacks your emotions and makes you crazy.

The one who seems to thrive on drama. If you could just "fix" that person, everything would be better. But we can't fix other people--we can only make choices about ourselves. In this cut-to-the-chase book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows readers that they don't have to be victims of other people's craziness. With commonsense wisdom and practical advice that can be implemented immediately, Bechtle gives readers a proven strategy to handle crazy people. More than just offering a set of techniques, Bechtle offers a new perspective that will change readers' lives as they deal with those difficult people who just won't go away.

Jen Sincero. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results. Michael Bennett, MD. Need to stop screwing up? Want to become a more positive person? Do you work with an ass? Think you can rescue an addicted person? Looking for closure after abuse? Have you realized that your parent is an asshole? Feel compelled to clear your name? Hope to salvage a lost love? Want to get a lover to commit? Plagued by a bully? Afraid of ruining your kid?

Ready to vent your anger? There is a constant barrage of social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate. So, we learn to hide our struggles and protect ourselves from shame, judgment, criticism and blame by seeking safety in pretending and perfection. Based on seven years of her ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.

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The inspiring 1 New York Times bestseller that "should be read by every leader in America. On May 17, , Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.

Philip Andrew. Many people wonder how they can become highly successful, not realizing that they hold within them everything they need to achieve all of the success they desire. Get this book NOW, and learn how to change your habits and transform your life! Jane McGonigal. An innovative guide to living gamefully, based on the program that has already helped nearly half a million people achieve remarkable personal growth In , internationally renowned game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion.

Unable to think clearly or work or even get out of bed, she became anxious and depressed, even suicidal. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a resilience-building game. These rules led to a digital game and a major research study with the National Institutes of Health. Today nearly half a million people have played SuperBetter to get stronger, happier, and healthier. But the life-changing ideas behind SuperBetter are much bigger than just one game.

Being gameful means bringing the same psychological strengths we naturally display when we play games—such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determination—to real-world goals. Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions. Russell Brand. From page to screen. John E. Now a Netflix original series Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E.

In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares. During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.

As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

Neil Gaiman. The bestselling author of Neverwhere returns with his biggest, most commercial novel yet—a tour de force of contemporary fiction A master of inventive fiction, Neil Gaiman delves into the murky depths where reality and imagination meet. Now in American Gods, he works his literary magic to extraordinary results. The Wife: A Novel. Meg Wolitzer. Now a major motion picture starring Glenn Close in her Golden Globe—winning role!

Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, finally decides to stop. My Abandonment. Peter Rock. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight. Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.

Babylon's Ashes. Book 6. The sixth book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Babylon's Ashes has the galaxy in full revolution, and it's up to the crew of the Rocinante to make a desperate mission to the gate network and thin hope of victory. Now a Prime Original series.


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  • A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

    James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. Babylon's Ashes is a breakneck science fiction adventure following the bestselling Nemesis Games. The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.

    The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population. The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best. A Good Marriage.

    Stephen King. Now a major motion picture, Stephen King's brilliant and terrifying story of a marriage with truly deadly secrets. Her toe knocks up against a hidden box under a worktable and in it she discovers a trove of horrific evidence that her husband is two men—one, the benign father of her children, the other, a raging rapist and murderer.

    In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

    Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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    Book 1. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake. Twelve Years a Slave. Solomon Northup. This beautifully designed ebook edition of Twelve Years a Slave features an introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the bestselling author of Wench. Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo.

    What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor, he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free. In March , two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound, did he realize the strangers were kidnappers—that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit.

    Thus began Northup's life as a slave. Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was "indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse. With its first-hand account of this country's Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss. The Long Walk. In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life.

    Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Book Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

    So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness. The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain.

    Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher. Child weaves in a passionately told history of opioids in American life. Lee Child is the master of plotting. This is not just a good story; it is a story with a purpose and a message.

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    It is as good as they always are. I read every single one. Howard E. Captain's Fury. Falwell was furious. The IRS had sent its first letter to Bob Jones University in November to ascertain whether or not it discriminated on the basis of race. The school responded defiantly: It did not admit African Americans.

    Although Bob Jones Jr. For decades, evangelical leaders had boasted that because their educational institutions accepted no federal money except for, of course, not having to pay taxes the government could not tell them how to run their shops—whom to hire or not, whom to admit or reject. The Civil Rights Act, however, changed that calculus. The school also stipulated that any students who engaged in interracial dating, or who were even associated with organizations that advocated interracial dating, would be expelled. The IRS was not placated. Connally , Bob Jones University was the final straw.

    As Elmer L. Falwell, Weyrich and others were undeterred by the niceties of facts. In their determination to elect a conservative, they would do anything to deny a Democrat, even a fellow evangelical like Carter, another term in the White House. But Falwell and Weyrich, having tapped into the ire of evangelical leaders, were also savvy enough to recognize that organizing grassroots evangelicals to defend racial discrimination would be a challenge. It had worked to rally the leaders, but they needed a different issue if they wanted to mobilize evangelical voters on a large scale.

    In Iowa, Sen. Dick Clark, the Democratic incumbent, was thought to be a shoo-in: Every poll heading into the election showed him ahead by at least 10 percentage points. On the final weekend of the campaign, however, pro-life activists, primarily Roman Catholics, leafleted church parking lots as they did in Minnesota , and on Election Day Clark lost to his Republican pro-life challenger.

    Correspondence between Weyrich and evangelical leaders fairly crackles with excitement. In a letter to fellow conservative Daniel B. Weyrich, Falwell and leaders of the emerging religious right enlisted an unlikely ally in their quest to advance abortion as a political issue: Francis A.


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