The book that was the basis for “Sully” the movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks

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Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks—the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger—the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in history when Captain Chelsley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew aboard. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. To Sullenberger, a calm, steady pilot with forty years of flying experience who is also a safety consulting expert, the landing was not a miracle, but rather the result of years of practice and training-wisdom he gained in U.S. Air Force jets and in his Texas childhood. Born to a dentist father and an elementary school teacher mother, Sully fell in love with planes as a young boy. He learned to fly at 16, taking lessons from a cropduster in a vintage airplane from a grass strip nearby. While his father, a World War II veteran, offered encouragement, he also imparted stern advice the future pilot took to heart: a commander is responsible for everyone in his care. They are words that have shaped Sully’s life and work and continue to guide him today.
At its heart, this is a story of hope and preparedness – supporting the belief that life’s challenges can be met if we’re ready for them – reminding us that, even in these challenging days, there are things still worth fighting for.

 

About the Author:

Capt. Chesley Sully Sullenberger is an airline pilot and safety expert, and has served as an instructor and as an Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman and accident investigator. He was named the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship in his graduating class at the United States Air Force Academy, and he holds two masters degrees. A native of Denison, TX, he lives in Danville, CA, with his wife and family. Jeffrey Zaslow is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, the coauthor with Randy Pausch of the bestselling The Last Lecture and the author of The Girls from Ames.

 

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Now in Paperback from Adriana Trigiani, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Shoemaker’s Wife

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“A thoroughly entertaining tale that brings Hollywood’s golden age alive.” –People

Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet, a hypnotic tale based on a true story: the unforgettable story of one of cinema’s greatest love affairs set during the golden age of Hollywood.

All the Stars in the Heavens is available in trade paperback now.  Order your copy today (Fishpond.com.au , Book Depository , Amazon )   and watch a Facebook Live interview with Adriana Trigiani.

A House Without Windows – new from book club favorite Nadia Hashimi

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Readers fell in love with The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon is Low, and now Nadia Hashimi is back with a new novel, A House Without Windows, on sale August 16th.

A House Without Windows is an unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood and a powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture. Zeba’s quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death, and barely escaping a vengeful mob she’s arrested and jailed. Awaiting trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells. For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood.

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IBM’s cognitive computing system is set to release its first cookbook

IBM’s game show-winning computer Watson turns its hand to helping chefs generate startling taste sensations ‘man alone might never imagine’

Touting such eyebrow-raising combinations as an Indian turmeric paella, a Turkish-Korean anchovy Caesar salad and a Creole shrimp-lamb dumpling, a new contender for hottest cookery writer of 2015 is preparing to elbow aside the likes of Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry and Nigella Lawson: IBM’s supercomputer Watson.

Four years after beating two human champions to win the US game show Jeopardy!, IBM’s cognitive computing system is set to release its first cookbook – with the help of a few human specialists. Out in April from independent American publisher Sourcebooks, Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson uses the supercomputer to generate exotic ingredient combinations from the “trillions” of potential groupings out there, with chefs from the Institute of Culinary Education then designing recipes based on Watson’s suggestions. The book will feature, promises its publisher, “unusual ingredient combinations that man alone might never imagine”.  Read more from the Guardian  =>  http://bit.ly/1C0bkfh

The Epic Conclusion to Bloodlines

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LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL

 

 The Ruby Circle …

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Publication date: 10 February 2015
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014136131X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141361314

 

 

The Ruby Circle is the epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series , set in the world of Vampire Academy – NOW A MAJOR FILM.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world…

About the Author:  Richelle Mead is the bestselling author of the Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and Age of X series. Her love of fantasy and science-fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion at the University of Michigan, and, when not writing, Richelle spends her time drinking lots of coffee, keeping up with reality TV, and collecting 1980s T-shirts. Richelle lives with her family in Seattle in the USA. www.richellemead.com

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Hello from the Gillespies – funny and heartfelt novel about miscommunication and mayhem in a family

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Published:24/09/2014
Format:Paperback, 528 pages
ISBN-13:9781921901812
ISBN-10:1921901810
Origin:Australia
Imprint:Michael Joseph
Publisher:Penguin Aus.

International number one bestseller Monica McInerney brings us a sparkling and hilarious new novel about the ups and downs of family life.

For more than thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent friends and family around the world an end-of-year letter titled ‘Hello from the Gillespies’. It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises everyone including herself – she tells the truth . . .

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband seems to be having a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela’s real life is slowly slipping out of focus. But, as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises she should have been more careful of what she wished for… Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken from them in this most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together – and pull themselves together – in wonderfully surprising ways . . .

From the bestselling author of The House of Memories comes a funny and heartfelt novel about miscommunication and mayhem in a family like no other.

About the Author

Australian-born Dublin-based Monica McInerney is the author of nine novels, including the best-sellers The House of Memories, Lola’s Secret, At Home with the Templetons and Those Faraday Girls, which are published across the world. Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. Since then Monica has lived all around Australia, in Ireland, and in London. She and her Irish husband move back and forth between Australia and Ireland.

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Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in nearly a decade

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Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
ISBN: 030727103X
Published: 3 March 2015

This is an extraordinary new novel from the author of “Never Let Me Go” and the Booker Prize-winning “The Remains of the Day.

“You’ve long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it’s time now to think on it anew. There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay . . .”

“The Buried Giant” begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

“Kazuo Ishiguro is an original and remarkable genius”. (The New York Times).
“A master craftsman”. (Margaret Atwood, Slate).
“The best and most original writer of his generation”. (Susan Hill, Mail on Sunday).

About the Author
KAZUO ISHIGURO’s seven previous books have won him wide renown and numerous honors. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. Both “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go “have more than 1,000,000 copies in print across platforms, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films.

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A skeptic’s search for magic, one faery at a time.

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In search of something to believe in again, Signe Pike left behind a career in Manhattan to undertake a magical journey-literally.

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Your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill.

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Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you … and I featured it at Pivotal Public Speaking >> here