Never Say Never, Lisa Wingate
Kai Mille floats through like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots, and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her way faring existence. And when she meets hometown boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily, until she discovers he may be promised to someone else.
Daily has always been a welcoming place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai, it look like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store, especially when Aunt Donetta Bradford has cooked up a scheme.
Oprah, a Biography, Kitty Kelley
For the Past twenty-five years, no one has been better at revealing secrets than Oprah Winfrey. On what is agruably the most influential show in television history, she has gotten her guests, often the biggest celebrities in the world, to bare their lives, explore their pasts, admit their transgressions, reveal their pleasures, and explore their demons. In turn, Oprah has repeatedly allowed her audience to share in her own life story, opening up about her past and discussing her romances, her weight problems, her spiritual beliefs, her charitable donations, and her strongly held views of the state of the world.
After a quarter of a century, can there be more to reveal? Kitty Kelley has, over the same period of time investigated and written about some of the world's most revered icons: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Nancy Reagan, England's Royal Family and the Bush family.
There is a case to be made, and it is certainly made in this book that Oprah Winfrey is an important, and even great figure of our time. But there is a case to be made that even greatness needs to be made and put under a microscope. Fact must be separated from fiction, truth from hype. Kitty Kelley has made that separation, showing both sides of Oprah as they have not been made before. In doing so, the reader will find a figure with much charisma as well as being a victim of her time and birth.
Wild Horse Annie, The Last of the Mustangs, The Life of Velma Johnston, David Cruise and Alison Griffiths
In 1950, Velma Johnston was a secretary at an insurance company in Reno, Nevada. Twenty years later, she had become a national hero, responsible for spurring Congress into passing legislation that protected wild horses, a feat that cemented her renown as "Wild Horse Annie." This stirring biography is the first to tell the story of Johnston's life and her extraordinary dedication to the mustangs that represent the spirit of the West.
Writer's Cruise and Griffiths paint a vivid portrait of this intrepid woman, who survived a cruelly disfiguring bout with polio as a child and channeled her energy and intellect into her career and marriage until she encountered a truck of injured, half-dead horses on her way to work in 1980. These horses, destined for a pet food rendering plant, launched Johnston into a decades long campaign against ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to stop the roundup and slaughter of mustangs. At a time when animal rights was barely a cause and women still expected to stay at hoe, Johnston embarked on dangerous vigilante missions to free captured horses and document roundups and began a highly organized one woman campaign to raise public awareness of their plight, all while continuing to work and maintain a house hold.
This then is the story of Johnston's courage, determination, and innovative tactics, putting her against ranchers and powerful politicians. But eventually won her support and admiration around the world, including the friendships of celebrated children's author Marguerite Henry, who fictionalized her story in a children' novel.
A lasting legacy to Velma Johnston, capturing the romance and magic of the wild horses that inspired her.
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