No Ordinary Time Book
Score: 4.5
From 18 Ratings

No Ordinary Time


  • Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-11-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 768
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476750576

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No Ordinary Time Excerpt :

Presents a social history of the United States in 1940, along with a moment-by-moment account of Roosevelt's leadership and the private lives of the president and First Lady, whose remarkable partnership transformed America. (This book was previously featured in Forecast.)

No Ordinary Time Book
Score: 4.5
From 20 Ratings

No Ordinary Time


  • Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-06-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 768
  • ISBN 10 : 1439126194

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No Ordinary Time Excerpt :

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin's marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor's life as First Lady, and FDR's White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.

No Ordinary Time Book

No Ordinary Time


  • Author : Jan Phillips
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Creative ability
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 0977421341

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No Ordinary Time Excerpt :

Jan Phillips synthesizes the wisdom embodied in an ancient tradition with the spiritual awaking engaging sojourners of the 21st century. This book provides a creative synthesis from monastery to market-place, from monastic time to the sacredness of every day, and every hour therein.

Wait Till Next Year Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Wait Till Next Year


  • Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Publisher : Aurum
  • Release Date : 2014-07-03
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781781313169

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Wait Till Next Year Excerpt :

When historian Goodwin was six years old, her father taught her how to keep score for ‘their’ team, the Brooklyn Dodgers, which forged a lifelong bond between father and daughter. Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is a coming-of-age memoir in the era of Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider, when baseball truly was a national pastime that brought whole communities together. With her radio by her side and scorecard to hand, she recreates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans. Weaved between the games and the seasons, Goodwin tells the story of a changing America – from the lunacy of the Cold War alarm drills to McCarthy and the Rosenburg trials – as well as her own loss of innocence encapsulated by her mother’s death, her father’s lapse into despair and the Dodger’s departure from Brooklyn in 1957 following the destruction of the iconic Ebbets Field stadium. Poignant, unsentimental and deeply eloquent, Wait Till Next Year is a profound memoir about childhood and loss, baseball, and the power of sport to bind families and heal loss and reveal as metaphor the evolving heart of a nation.

Leadership Book

Leadership


  • Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476795935

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Leadership Excerpt :

Now an epic documentary event on the HISTORY Channel! The illuminating, bestselling exploration on leadership from Pulitzer Prize–winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and also the inspiration for the HISTORY Channel multipart series Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. “After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians” (USA TODAY). In her “inspiring” (The Christian Science Monitor) Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope. Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? “If ever our nation needed a short course on presidential leadership, it is now” (The Seattle Times). This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency. “Goodwin’s volume deserves much praise—it is insightful, readable, compelling: Her book arrives just in time” (The Boston Globe).

The Bully Pulpit Book

The Bully Pulpit


  • Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-11-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 928
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451673791

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The Bully Pulpit Excerpt :

One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. “A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue” (Associated Press). Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft—a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history. The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine—Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White—teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S.S. McClure. Goodwin’s narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials. The correspondence of more than four hundred letters between Roosevelt and Taft begins in their early thirties and ends only months before Roosevelt’s death. Edith Roosevelt and Nellie Taft kept diaries. The muckrakers wrote hundreds of letters to one another, kept journals, and wrote their memoirs. The letters of Captain Archie Butt, who served as a personal aide to both Roosevelt and Taft, provide an intimate view of both men. The Bully Pulpit, like Goodwin’s brilliant chron

No Ordinary Thing Book

No Ordinary Thing


  • Author : G. Z. Schmidt
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2022-02-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9780823451050

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No Ordinary Thing Excerpt :

An imaginative time travel mystery about a boy whose life is upeneded with the arrival of a stranger and a magical promise. Twelve-year-old Adam doesn't mind living at his uncle's bakery, the Biscuit Basket, on the Lower East Side in New York City. The warm, delicious smells of freshly baked breads and chocolate croissants make every day feel cozy, even if Adam doesn't have many friends and he misses his long dead parents very much. When a mysterious but cheerful customer tells Adam that adventures await him, it's too strange to be true. But days later, an unbelievable, incredible thing happens. Adam travels back in time, first to Times Square in 1935, then a candle factory fire in 1967. But how are these moments related? What do they have to do with his parents' death? And why is a tall man with long eyebrows and a thin mustache following Adam's every move? In her debut novel G. Z. Schmidt has crafted a world filled with serendipity, mystery, and adventure for readers of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket.

The Defining Moment Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

The Defining Moment


  • Author : Jonathan Alter
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-05-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 454
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743246019

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The Defining Moment Excerpt :

An analysis of the four-term president's famous "fear itself" speech evaluates how FDR transformed his office and revitalized American morale throughout the first 100 days of his presidency, in an account that cites the contributions of his family members, advisors, and fellow polio survivors. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Songs in Ordinary Time Book
Score: 3
From 13 Ratings

Songs in Ordinary Time


  • Author : Mary McGarry Morris
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-12-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 682
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504048095

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Songs in Ordinary Time Excerpt :

This New York Times bestseller of a troubled family in 1960s Vermont is “teeming with incident and characters, often foolish, even nasty, but always alive” (The New Yorker). It is the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. With no help from her alcoholic ex-husband, Marie Fermoyle is raising three children on the edge of poverty. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Alice, is becoming emotionally involved with a local priest in a staunchly Catholic town that disapproves of Marie’s divorce. Alice’s brother Norm is a hotheaded sixteen-year-old, and twelve-year-old Benjy is isolated and full of anxieties, looking with yearning at the Klubocks next door, who seem to live an orderly, peaceful life much unlike his own family’s. Now, Marie has met a new man: Omar Duvall, who talks about opportunities and riches but so far seems only to sponge off the Fermoyles. A lonely, desperate single mother like Marie is easy prey for con men, but she resists the temptation to doubt him. Young Benjy, though, may eventually reveal a disturbing secret that could shatter all her hopes. A portrait of a family as well as a town and its secrets, Songs in Ordinary Time is “a gritty, beautifully crafted novel rich in wisdom and suspense” (The Miami Herald). An Oprah’s Book Club selection from an author nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, it is “extraordinary . . . a deeply satisfying story” (USA Today).

To Calais  In Ordinary Time Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

To Calais In Ordinary Time


  • Author : James Meek
  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Release Date : 2019-08-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 345
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786896759

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To Calais In Ordinary Time Excerpt :

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES, DAILY EXPRESS, SCOTSMAN and SPECTATOR Three journeys. One road. England, 1348. A gentlewoman flees an odious arranged marriage, a Scots proctor sets out for Avignon and a young ploughman in search of freedom is on his way to volunteer with a company of archers. All come together on the road to Calais. Coming in their direction from across the Channel is the Black Death, the plague that will wipe out half of the population of Northern Europe. As the journey unfolds, overshadowed by the archers' past misdeeds and clerical warnings of the imminent end of the world, the wayfarers must confront the nature of their loves and desires. A tremendous feat of language and empathy, it summons a medieval world that is at once uncannily plausible, utterly alien and eerily reflective of our own. James Meek's extraordinary To Calais, In Ordinary Time is a novel about love, class, faith, loss, gender and desire - set against one of the biggest cataclysms of human history.

Supreme Power  Franklin Roosevelt vs  the Supreme Court Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Supreme Power Franklin Roosevelt vs the Supreme Court


  • Author : Jeff Shesol
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2011-03-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 0393079414

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Supreme Power Franklin Roosevelt vs the Supreme Court Excerpt :

"A stunning work of history."—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court's conservative majority left much of FDR's agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal but democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices—and to "pack" the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a "living" Constitution.

The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys


  • Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Publisher : St Martins Press
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 1094
  • ISBN 10 : 0312909330

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The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys Excerpt :

Chronicles the story of three generations of the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, beginning in 1863 with the baptism of John Francis Fitzgerald and closing with the inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in January 1961

No Ordinary Day Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

No Ordinary Day


  • Author : Deborah Ellis
  • Publisher : Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2011-08-10
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554981762

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No Ordinary Day Excerpt :

Shortlisted for the SYRCA 2013 Diamond Willow Award, selected as an American Library Association 2012 Notable Children's Book, a Booklist Editors' Choice, nominated for the OLA Golden Oak Tree Award, and a finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards: Young Adult/Middle Reader Award, the Governor General's Literary Awards: Children's Text and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award There's not much that upsets young Valli. Even though her days are spent picking coal and fighting with her cousins, life in the coal town of Jharia, India, is the only life she knows. The only sight that fills her with terror are the monsters who live on the other side of the train tracks -- the lepers. Valli and the other children throw stones at them. No matter how hard her life is, she tells herself, at least she will never be one of them. Then she discovers that she is not living with family after all, that her "aunt" was a stranger who was paid money to take Valli off her own family's hands. She decides to leave Jharia ... and so begins a series of adventures that takes her to Kolkata, the city of the gods. It's not so bad. Valli finds that she really doesn't need much to live. She can "borrow" the things she needs and then pass them on to people who need them more than she does. It helps that though her bare feet become raw wounds as she makes her way around the city, she somehow feels no pain. But when she happens to meet a doctor on the ghats by the river, Valli learns that she has leprosy. Despite being given a chance to receive medical care, she cannot bear the thought that she is one of those monsters she has always feared, and she flees, to an uncertain life on the street. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions). C

Franklin and Eleanor Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Franklin and Eleanor


  • Author : Hazel Rowley
  • Publisher : Melbourne Univ. Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Australia
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9780522851793

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Franklin and Eleanor Excerpt :

In this groundbreaking new account of their marriage, Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention--private and public--that kept Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt together.

Eleanor and Franklin Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Eleanor and Franklin


  • Author : Joseph P. Lash
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2014-09-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 1008
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393247657

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Eleanor and Franklin Excerpt :

The #1 New York Times Bestseller—Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award In his extraordinary biography of the major political couple of the twentieth century, Joseph P. Lash reconstructs from Eleanor Roosevelt's personal papers her early life and four-decade marriage to the four-time president who brought America back from the Great Depression and helped to win World War II. The result is an intimate look at the vibrant private and public worlds of two incomparable people.