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A very punchable face : a memoir / Jost, Colin

"Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor, Colin Jost, has six sets of stitches on his face alone. He's been punched in at least four different sketches on Saturday Night Live, including once by his boss, Lorne Michaels. But if there's one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it's being able to take a punch-metaphorically and, occasionally, physically. From growing up as an overweight kid in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school and "seeing the sights" (like watching a Russian woman throw a stroller off the back of a ferry) to attending Harvard while Facebook was created (and choosing comedy instead!), Colin shares how he has navigated the world like a "slightly smarter Forrest Gump." You'll also discover things about Colin that will surprise and confuse you. You'll go behind the scenes at SNL (where he's written some of the most iconic sketches and characters of the past fifteen years) and Weekend Update (where's he's been "the white guy next to Leslie Jones.") And you'll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian-from performing in rural cafeterias at noon to opening for Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall. For every accomplishment (hosting the Emmys), there is a setback (hosting the Emmys). And for every absurd moment (watching paramedics give CPR to a raccoon), there is an honest, emotional one (recounting his mother's experience on the scene of the Twin Towers' collapse on 9/11.) A Very Punchable Face reveals the brilliant mind behind some of the dumbest sketches on television and lays bare the heart and humor of a hardworking guy-with a face you can't help but want to punch"--Provided by publisher.

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An improbable friendship : the remarkable lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil and their forty-year peace mission / David, Anthony

Arab-Israeli conflict -- Influence.
Israel -- Biography
Dayan, Ruth -- Friends and associates.
Malta -- Biography.
Tawil, Raymonda Hawa -- Friends and associates.
Women and peace -- Israel.
Women, Palestinian Arab -- Malta -- Biography.

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Burke's law : a life in hockey / Brunt, Stephen

An autobiography of hockey executive and media analyst Brian Burke.

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Clever Hans : the true story of the counting, adding, and time-telling horse / Kokias, Kerri

"Clever Hans was a horse who could answer questions about math, music, clocks and more, and studying how he did it led to the development of the double-blind study"--Provided by publisher.

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Disloyal : a memoir : the true story of the former personal attorney to the president of the United States / Cohen, Michael
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"Once Donald Trump's fiercest surrogate, closest confidant, and staunchest defender, Michael Cohen knows where the skeletons are buried. This is the most devastating business and political horror story of the century. As Trump's lawyer and "fixer," Cohen not only witnessed firsthand but was also an active participant in the inner workings of Trump's business empire, political campaign, and presidential administration. This is a story that you have not read in newspapers, or on social media, or watched on television. These are accounts that only someone who worked for Trump around the clock for over a decade--not a few months or even a couple of years--could know. Cohen describes Trump's racist rants against President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Black and Hispanic people in general, as well as the cruelty, humiliation, and abuse he leveled at family and staff. Whether he's exposing the fact that Trump engaged in tax fraud by inflating his wealth or electronic fraud by rigging an online survey, or outing Trump's Neanderthal views towards women or his hush-money payments to clandestine lovers, Cohen pulls no punches. He shows Trump's relentless willingness to lie, exaggerate, mislead, or manipulate. Trump emerges as a man without a soul--a man who courts evangelicals and then trashes them, panders to the common man, but then rips off small business owners, a con man who will do or say absolutely anything to win, regardless of the cost to his family, his associates, or his country. At the heart of Disloyal, we see how Cohen came under the spell of his charismatic "Boss" and, as a result, lost all sense of his moral compass. The real "real" Donald Trump who permeates these pages--the racist, sexist, homophobic, lying, cheating President--will be discussed, written about, and analyzed for years to come"--Book jacket flap.

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Friends and enemies : a memoir / Amiel, Barbara

A shockingly honest memoir of one of Canada's most controversial figures, Barbara Amiel.

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If I knew then : finding wisdom in failure and power in aging / Arden, Jann

Singer, songwriter and actress Jann Arden's memoir of becoming a woman of a certain age.

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Left to tell : discovering God amidst the Rwandan holocaust / Erwin, Steve

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

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Ocean speaks : how Marie Tharp revealed the ocean's biggest secret / Keating, Jess

Meet Marie Tharp (1920-2006), the first person to map the Earth s underwater mountain ridge, in this inspiring picture book biography from the author of Shark Lady.

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One game at a time : my journey from small-town Alberta to hockey's biggest stage / Singh, Harnarayan.

Harnarayan Singh shares his life story of how he broke through the barriers to become the first Sikh to broadcast an NHL game in English.