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Hold Fast—Overcoming Adversity


In times of adversity, we must hold fast to our ideals and our dreams for a better world, and we need our heroes more than ever. At the same time, this is an opportunity for each of us to become better and stronger, both as citizens and as individuals. Here we have gathered books and other materials to help our readers carry on, while seeking to create a dialogue between heroes of yesterday and today—and to remind ourselves that there have always been challenges to freedom, prosperity, and peace, and the best way to face them is by learning from the past, and pulling together for a brighter future.

Sometimes all that is needed to ignite real change is for citizens to see that something is deeply wrong, and such inspiration often comes to us from our favorite artists. Through profound musical poetry, for example, Bob Dylan became the voice of a generation by expressing the anger of Americans toward a government that no longer served its own people, while Bruce Springsteen has long championed those who are marginalized through his powerful musical performances.


 
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Don't Give Up, Don't Give In

Louis Zamperini & David Rensin.

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Completed just two days before his death at age 97, Louis Zamperini's second memoir (following Devil at My Heels, also co-written with David Rensin) shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from his inspiring life. His determination and courage were widely celebrated following Laura ... (Read More)

       
        

Hold Fast

 
 Find a Way
 

Find a Way

Diana Nyad.
 
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On September 2, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after ...(Read More)

 
 The Long Run
 

The Long Run

Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nthati Moshesh, Paterson Joseph & others. Jean Stewart, director.
 
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Tormented by his failure to produce a world-class athlete, German-born running coach Barry Bohmer ...(Read More)

 
 One Peace at a Time
 

One Peace at a Time

Muhammad Yunus, Steve Chu, Desmond Tutu, Willie Nelson & others. Turk Pipkin, director.
 
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(Winner of the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at the Maui Film Festival) In the ...(Read More)

 
 Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal
 

Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal

Kurt Timmermeister.
 
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In Growing a Farmer, one-time restaurateur Kurt Timmermeister recounted the toil and joy of ...(Read More)

 
 In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times
 

In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times

Jon Mitchell.
 
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How does technology help us or hinder us from becoming our best selves? Are we using it to make our ...(Read More)

 
 
 Gaston
 

Gaston

Kelly DiPucchio. Christian Robinson, illus.
 
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Just irresistible, for dog lovers of all ages. Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson packs oodles of ...(Read More)

 
 Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, Vol. 1: 1957–73
 

Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, Vol. 1: 1957–73

Clinton Heylin.
 
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A leading expert on the life and work of Nobel laureate Bob Dylan—most notably the author of the ...(Read More)

 
 Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
 

Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own

Kate Bolick.
 
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(A 2016 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year) "Whom to marry, and when ...(Read More)

 
 Words That Ring Through Time: From Moses and Pericles to Obama—Fifty-One of the Most Important Speeches in History and How They Changed the World
 

Words That Ring Through Time: From Moses and Pericles to Obama—Fifty-One of the Most Important Speeches in History and How They Changed the World

Terry Golway, ed. Lewis H. Lapham, foreword.
 
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From Moses the Lawgiver to Nelson Mandela—both of whom were orators whose words helped lead ...(Read More)

 
 I Dare Say: Inside Stories of the World's Most Powerful Speeches
 

I Dare Say: Inside Stories of the World's Most Powerful Speeches

Ferdie Addis.
 
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A great speech can transform the mood of a nation, and sometimes even the world. This compact ...(Read More)

 
 
 I Am Malala: Young Readers Edition: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
 

I Am Malala: Young Readers Edition: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick.
 
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When the Taliban captured the Swat Valley in Pakistan, young Malala Yousafzai refused to be denied ...(Read More)

 
 My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama
 

My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama

Michael Waldman. David Gergen, foreword. George Stephanopoulos, narrator.
 
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This album from former presidential speech writer Michael Waldman is a remarkable treasury of 45 of ...(Read More)

 
 The Innovator's Cookbook: Essentials for Inventing What Is Next
 

The Innovator's Cookbook: Essentials for Inventing What Is Next

Steven Johnson, ed.
 
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The author of Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, and Everything Bad ...(Read More)

 
 Eureka!: Discovering Your Inner Scientist
 

Eureka!: Discovering Your Inner Scientist

Chad Orzel.
 
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Even in the 21st century, the popular image of a scientist is a reclusive genius in a lab coat, ...(Read More)

 
 Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson
 

Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson

Phillip F. Schewe.
 
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Scientist, innovator, rebel—for decades, Freeman Dyson has been regarded as one of the world's most ...(Read More)

 
 
 Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality
 

Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality

Elizabeth D. Leonard.
 
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In 1863, at the height of the Civil War, Frederick Douglass assured African Americans that serving ...(Read More)

 
 The Rights of Man
 

The Rights of Man

Thomas Paine.
 
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Idealist, radical, and a master rhetorician of political theory, Thomas Paine was an inspiring ...(Read More)

 
 On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection
 

On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection

Charles Darwin. George Davidson, preface.
 
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From the discoveries that he made during his five-year voyage aboard HMS Beagle, furthered ...(Read More)

 
 The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos
 

The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos

Michael D. Lemonick.
 
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Amateur scientist William Herschel found international fame after discovering the planet Uranus in ...(Read More)

 
 Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink
 

Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink

Richard L. Currier.
 
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Although we usually think of technology as something modern, our use of tools and weapons stretches ...(Read More)

 
 
 Show Me a Hero: The Sin of Richard Byrd Jnr
 

Show Me a Hero: The Sin of Richard Byrd Jnr

Jeremy Scott.
 
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In this follow-up to Dancing on Ice: A 1930s Arctic Adventure, Jeremy Scott gives us the ...(Read More)

 
 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
 

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft.
 
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"It is time to effect a revolution in female manners—time to restore them to their lost ...(Read More)

 
 Sudden Genius?: The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs
 

Sudden Genius?: The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs

Andrew Robinson.
 
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Where do ideas come from? And why do the best ideas sometimes strike in a flash of supposed "sudden ...(Read More)

 
 Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life
 

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Louis Zamperini & David Rensin.
 
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Completed just two days before his death at age 97, Louis Zamperini's second memoir (following ...(Read More)

 
 Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
 

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

Danielle Allen.
 
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(Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize and the Zócalo Book Prize and a finalist for the 2015 ...(Read More)

 
 
 Let Freedom Reign: The Words of Nelson Mandela
 

Let Freedom Reign: The Words of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela. André Brink, foreword.
 
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In 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president, uttering the words "Let ...(Read More)

 
 Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope—Voices from the Women's March
 

Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope—Voices from the Women's March

 
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Even the low estimates of crowd size have it as the most popular political demonstration in U.S. ...(Read More)

 
 The Theory of Everything
 

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, David Thewlis & others. James Marsh, director.
 
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(Academy Award and Golden Globe Winner) This look at the relationship between Stephen ...(Read More)

 
 Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind <I>The Theory of Everything</I>
 

Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything

Jane Hawking.
 
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Even as he made unprecedented discoveries in cosmology, Stephen Hawking's body was gradually ...(Read More)

 
 211: Anna
 

211: Anna

Paolo Serbadini & Giovanna Massimetti, directors.
 
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(Nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival) A tireless critic of ...(Read More)

 
 
 Asylum: A Survivor's Flight from Nazi-Occupied Vienna Through Wartime France
 

Asylum: A Survivor's Flight from Nazi-Occupied Vienna Through Wartime France

Moriz Scheyer. P.N. Singer, trans.
 
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As arts editor for one of Vienna's principal newspapers, Moriz Scheyer knew many of the ...(Read More)

 
 Cartoons for Victory
 

Cartoons for Victory

Warren Bernard. Bob Dole, foreword.
 
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What did America's top cartoonists do during World War II? It was a time of blackouts, shortages, ...(Read More)

 
 Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage
 

Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

Kathleen Winter.
 
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In this nonfiction follow-up to her Orange Prize and Governor General's Literary Award finalist ...(Read More)

 
 Science for Life: A Manual for Better Living
 

Science for Life: A Manual for Better Living

Brian Clegg.
 
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How can you really know what will make your life better, or worse? British science writer, ...(Read More)

 
 Ice Captain: The Life of J.R. Stenhouse: A Forgotten Hero of Shackleton's <I>Endurance</I> Expedition
 

Ice Captain: The Life of J.R. Stenhouse: A Forgotten Hero of Shackleton's Endurance Expedition

Stephen Haddelsey.
 
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As Ernest Shackleton watched his ship Endurance become trapped in the ice floes of ...(Read More)

 
 
 Philosophy for a Better World: A New Approach to Practical Ethics That Can Diminish Suffering, Improve Our Lives, and Increase Happiness, Health, and Sustainability
 

Philosophy for a Better World: A New Approach to Practical Ethics That Can Diminish Suffering, Improve Our Lives, and Increase Happiness, Health, and Sustainability

Floris van den Berg.
 
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Our affluent western lifestyle will soon exceed the limits of the earth's ability to sustain it, ...(Read More)

 
 Food Chains
 

Food Chains

Eric Schlosser & Eva Longoria. Forest Whitaker, narrator. Sanjay Rawal, director.
 
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(Recipient of the James Beard Award for Special/Documentary) More people than ever are ...(Read More)

 
 
   
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