David Goggins – Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare – poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America.
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Deirdre Timmons – Brain Candy

While fighting an aggressive brain tumor, Deirdre must care for her mother with advanced Alzheimers, raise her teenage daughter, and help her husband chase a new dream – opening a barbecue restaurant. Her greatest defense is her sense of humor in this tender memoir chronicling life struggles that are often tragic – but can still be very funny.
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Kathy Thorson Gruhn – Drug Tested for Being Happy: True Stories to Make You Laugh

Kathy Thorson Gruhn grew up in the small town of Blooming Prairie in southern Minnesota. She moved to the South with her husband in the late ’70s and currently lives on a horse farm in Tryon, North Carolina. She has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Before becoming a writer, she was a speech pathologist for 35 years, working primarily with children ages birth to seven, which prompted her to create the My Baby Compass program.
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Craig Savoye – Cowboys, Ranchers, and Assorted Characters

A number of years ago, I heard some stories about ranch and Western life I thought were among the funniest anecdotes I had ever heard. It started a quest. Over a 10-year span, I interviewed 150 cowboys, ranchers, and others, mostly in Texas and Nebraska. The result is Cowboys, Ranchers, and Assorted Characters: True Tales from the New West. It’s the best of the best anecdotes from those encounters.
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Akio Oikawa – The Art of Kumiko Transcends Time: This Intricate Japanese Form of Woodwork Looks as Good Today as Ever

The Japan News is an English-language daily newspaper published by The Yomiuri Shimbun, a leading Japanese newspaper with the largest circulation in the nation. Launched in 1955, the English paper was long known as The Daily Yomiuri but changed to its current name in April 2013 as part of a major renewal of the newspapers content. Drawing on The Yomiuri Shimbuns broad news coverage network, The Japan News offers the latest and most reliable information about Japan to the world and is an excellent source of both domestic and foreign news. The Japan News also has a partnership with The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Times of London.
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Kip Addotta – Confessions of a Comedian

From his first interactions with The Mob in his early childhood and his nightmarish life with his father until he was on his own at 15 years of age through his marriages and how he became one of the best and most famous stand-up comedians of his time, Kip Addotta tells all. He names names and details the how-to and fine-tuning of comedy.
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