Bonnie (Eve Duncan) by Iris JohansenÂ Â Â Â PS 3560 .O275 B66 2011
The truth has eluded her for years. . . . Now is she ready to face it?
When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life—until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape. But a new Eve emerged: a woman who would use her remarkable talent as a forensic sculptor to help others find closure in the face of tragedy. Now with the help of her beloved Joe Quinn and CIA agent Catherine Ling, Eve has come closer than ever to the truth. But the deeper she digs, the more she realizes that Bonnieâ€™s father is a key player in solving this monstrous puzzle. And that Bonnieâ€™s disappearance was not as random as everyone had always believed . . .
The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America; Who we are, where we’ve been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream by Tom BrokawÂ Â Â Â E 839 .B69 2011
â€œWhat happened to the America I thought I knew?â€ Brokaw writes. â€œHave we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that weâ€™re easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing? . . . I do have some thoughts, original and inspired by others, for our journey into the heart of a new century.â€
Rooted in the values, lessons, and verities of generations past and of his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves together inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference and personal stories from his own family history, to engage us in a conversation about our country and to offer ideas for how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream.
Inviting us to foster a rebirth of family, community, and civic engagement as profound as the one that won World War II, built our postwar prosperity, and ushered in the Civil Rights era, Brokaw traces the exciting, unnerving changes in modern lifeâ€”in values, education, public service, housing, the Internet, and moreâ€”that have transformed our society in the decades since the age of thrift in which he was raised. Offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, in The Time of Our Lives, Brokaw gives us, a wise, honest, and wide-ranging book, a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of dimished expectations.
Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill ClintonÂ Â Â Â Â Â HC 106.84 .C596 2011
Blue Nights by Joan DidionÂ Â Â Â Â PS 3554 .I33 Z46 2011
Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintanaâ€™s wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintanaâ€™s childhoodâ€”in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. â€œHow could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?â€ Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept.
Blue Nightsâ€”the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, â€œthe opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warningâ€â€”like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington by Condoleezza Rice Â Â Â Â Â E 840.8 .R48 A3 2011
From one of the worldâ€™s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Riceâ€™s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government.Â In her position as Americaâ€™s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign.Â Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues â€“ a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense.Â It was a role that deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her one of his closest confidantes.
With the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Rice found herself at the center of the Administrationâ€™s intense efforts to keep America safe.Â Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day â€“ and the tumultuous days after.Â No day was ever the same.Â Additionally, Rice also reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in Afghanistan and then Iraq.
The eyes of the nation were once again focused on Rice in 2004 when she appeared before the 9-11 Commission to answer tough questions regarding the countryâ€™s preparedness for â€“ and immediate response to â€“ the 9-11 attacks.Â Her responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the nationâ€™s perception of the Administrationâ€™s competence during the crisis.Â Rice conveys just how pressure-filled that appearance was and her surprised gratitude when, in succeeding days, she was broadly saluted for her grace and forthrightness.
From that point forward, Rice was aggressively sought after by the media and regarded by some as the Administrationâ€™s most effective champion.
In 2005 Rice was entrusted with even more responsibility when she was charged with helping to shape and carry forward the Presidentâ€™s foreign policy as Secretary of State.Â As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of tactics and negotiation aimed to contain or reduce the threat posed by Americaâ€™s enemies.Â Here, she reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that kept the worldâ€™s relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos.Â She also talks about her role as a crisis manager, showing that at any hour — and at a momentâ€™s notice — she was willing to bring all parties to the bargaining table anywhere in the world.
No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa.
Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds.Â In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraftÂ — but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded