On New Year's Eve, 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake. Journalist Maraniss now brings the great baseball player back to life. Anyone who saw Clemente play will never forget him—he was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. But Clemente was that rare athlete who rose above sports to become a symbol of larger themes. Born in rural Puerto Rico, at a time when there were no blacks or Puerto Ricans playing organized ball in the United States, Clemente went on to become the greatest Latino player in the major leagues, a ballplayer of determination, grace, and dignity who paved the way and set the highest standard for waves of Latino players who followed in later generations.—From publisher description.A narrative account of the life of the Puerto Rican baseball star traces his impoverished childhood, victories during the 1960 and 1970 World Series games, humanitarian contributions, and ongoing legacy for Latino major league players.
The author shares the story of her career as a poet, novelist, and feminist provocateur, offering insight into her experiences with fame and notoriety while discussing the motivations behind her writings and the literary masters who inspired her work.
A true story of spiritual and human desire is revealed through the forbidden love between Beryl Bissell, a New Jersey nun who entered the convent at age eighteen with the belief that God had called her to his way of life, and a handsome Italian priest, Padre Vittorio, who would become her secret love.
A poignant first-person account of the Rwanda genocide of 1994 describes how the author, a resident of the U.S. at the time, lost most of the members of her family over the course of a week, in a sobering memoir that also describes her family's cultural history and her witness to social relations between Bahutu and Batutsi neighbors. 15,000 first printing.
The author describes her childhood in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war of 1971 to 1979, relating her life on farms in southern Rhodesia, Milawi, and Zambia with an alcoholic mother and frequently absent father.
Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, an endeavor that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature, experience fulfillment, and learn the art of spiritual balance. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.
A journalistic investigation into the criminalization of America's mentally ill describes the author's battle with the shortcomings of the mental health system and the Miami-Dade County jail after his son was declared bipolar.
The best-selling authors of Wittgenstein's Poker offer an in-depth analysis of the bitter quarrel between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Hume, the two most important and influential philosophers of intellectual Europe during the Age of Enlightenment. 50,000 first printing.
The author describes how he utilized his position as a hotel manager in violence-stricken Rwanda to offer shelter to more a thousand members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, an act that inspired an Academy Award-nominated film. (Note: An earlier version of this summary mistakenly said the author had sheltered more than 12,000 people.)
Released to coincide with the late Nobel Prize-winning writer's one hundredth birthday, this book collects a series of interviews that offer insight into his beliefs about life, his work, and his friends and colleagues, and includes essays by contemporaries whom Beckett influenced.
Identifies and profiles thirteen would-be significant contributors to scientific history whose revolutionary ideas were reduced to obscurity because of bad timing or unsurmountable obstacles. Reprint.