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One Shot at Forever

One Shot at Forever
  • Author : Chris Ballard
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2012-05-15
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 140130432X
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Summary : "One Shot at Forever is powerful, inspirational. . . . This isn't merely a book about baseball. It's a book about heart." --Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys Won In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois, playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats, defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to represent the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There the Ironmen would play against a Chicago powerhouse in a dramatic game that would change their lives forever. In this gripping, cinematic narrative, Chris Ballard tells the story of the team and its coach, Lynn Sweet: a hippie, dreamer, and intellectual who arrived in Macon in 1966, bringing progressive ideas to a town stuck in the Eisenhower era. Beloved by students but not administration, Sweet reluctantly took over the ragtag team, intent on teaching the boys as much about life as baseball. Together they embarked on an improbable postseason run that buoyed a small town in desperate need of something to celebrate. Engaging and poignant, One Shot at Forever is a testament to the power of high school sports to shape the lives of those who play them, and it reminds us that there are few bonds more sacred than that among a coach, a team, and a town. "Macon's run at the title reminds us why sports matter and why sportswriting has such great power to inspire. . . . [It's] one hell of a good story, and Ballard has written one hell of a good book." --Jonathan Eig, Chicago Tribune

One Shot at Forever

One Shot at Forever
  • Author : Chris Ballard
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2013-04-30
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9781401312664
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Summary : The Inspirational Story of a Coach, a Baseball Team, and the Season They’ll Never Forget In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to represent the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There, sporting long hair and warming up to Jesus Christ Superstar, the Ironmen would play a dramatic game against a Chicago powerhouse that would change their lives forever. In this gripping, cinematic narrative, Sports Illustrated writer Chris Ballard tells the story of the team and its coach, Lynn Sweet, a hippie, dreamer, and intellectual who arrived in Macon in 1966, bringing progressive ideas to a town stuck in the Eisenhower era. Beloved by students but not administration, Sweet reluctantly took over the ragtag team, intent on teaching the boys as much about life as baseball. Inspired by Sweet’s unconventional methods, the undersized, undermanned Macon Ironmen embarked on an improbable postseason run that infuriated rival coaches and buoyed a town suffering from a damaging drought and the shadow of the Vietnam War—one in desperate need of something to celebrate. In a final grace note, Ballard returns to the present day, revisiting the 1971 Ironmen to explore the effect the game had on their lives’ trajectories—and the men they’ve become because of it. Engaging and poignant, One Shot at Forever is a testament to the power of high school sports to shape the lives of those who play them, and it reminds us that there are few bonds more sacred than that among a coach, a team, and a town. Praise for One Shot at Forever "One Shot at Forever is tender, fun, bittersweet, with a great narrative that just motors. It also features the funkiest coach not just in the history of baseball but the history of sport—an unforgettable character in a beautiful and unforgettable book." ––Buzz Bissinger, author of Father's Day and Friday Night Lights "There's a reason Chris Ballard has emerged as one of America's top sports writers. One Shot at Forever is powerful, inspirational and—in an era where sports are too often marred by scandal—as pure and true as a warm spring breeze. This isn't merely a book about baseball. It's a book about heart." ––Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys Won "This book is so well told by Chris Ballard that it gives sportswriting a good name." ––Frank Deford, author of Over Time: My Life As A Sportswriter "Chris Ballard brings a big heart and a winning style to tell a memorable story of small-town Illinois. The boys of Macon renew our understanding of why baseball matters—and sometimes, why it matters too much." ––Cait Murphy, author of Crazy ‘08 "Chris Ballard finds the heart in the heartland, in this inspirational tale of a small-school ball club that reaches for glory." ––Edward Achorn, author of Fifty-nine in ’84 "[A] nonfiction gem about an underdog team that made good. This is the kind of baseball book that has long arms: YA readers, avid baseball fans, sports readers, and narrative nonfiction readers who like to be firmly set in a particular time and place should all find it joyful." ––Library Journal "This story has obvious parallels to the classic basketball film Hoosiers and in Ballard’s capable hands evokes similar themes of inspiration, camaraderie and the pressure of the once-in-a-lifetime moments associated with prep athletics." ––Publishers Weekly

One Shot at Forever

One Shot at Forever
  • Author : Chris Ballard
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2012-05-15
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 140130432X
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Summary : "One Shot at Forever is powerful, inspirational. . . . This isn't merely a book about baseball. It's a book about heart." --Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys Won In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois, playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats, defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to represent the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There the Ironmen would play against a Chicago powerhouse in a dramatic game that would change their lives forever. In this gripping, cinematic narrative, Chris Ballard tells the story of the team and its coach, Lynn Sweet: a hippie, dreamer, and intellectual who arrived in Macon in 1966, bringing progressive ideas to a town stuck in the Eisenhower era. Beloved by students but not administration, Sweet reluctantly took over the ragtag team, intent on teaching the boys as much about life as baseball. Together they embarked on an improbable postseason run that buoyed a small town in desperate need of something to celebrate. Engaging and poignant, One Shot at Forever is a testament to the power of high school sports to shape the lives of those who play them, and it reminds us that there are few bonds more sacred than that among a coach, a team, and a town. "Macon's run at the title reminds us why sports matter and why sportswriting has such great power to inspire. . . . [It's] one hell of a good story, and Ballard has written one hell of a good book." --Jonathan Eig, Chicago Tribune

Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys
  • Author : Jeff Pearlman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2009-10-06
  • Total pages :416
  • ISBN : 0061982385
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Summary : They were America's Team—the high-priced, high-glamour, high-flying Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, who won three Super Bowls and made as many headlines off the field as on it. Led by Emmitt Smith, the charismatic Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, and Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys rank among the greatest of all NFL dynasties. In similar fashion to his New York Times bestseller The Bad Guys Won!, about the 1986 New York Mets, in Boys Will Be Boys, award-winning writer Jeff Pearlman chronicles the outrageous antics and dazzling talent of a team fueled by ego, sex, drugs—and unrivaled greatness. Rising from the ashes of a 1–15 season in 1989 to capture three Super Bowl trophies in four years, the Dallas Cowboys were guided by a swashbuckling, skirt-chasing, power-hungry owner, Jerry Jones, and his two eccentric, hard-living coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Together the three built a juggernaut that America loved and loathed. But for a team that was so dominant on Sundays, the Cowboys were often a dysfunctional circus the rest of the week. Irvin, nicknamed "The Playmaker," battled dual addictions to drugs and women. Charles Haley, the defensive colossus, presided over the team's infamous "White House," where the parties lasted late into the night and a steady stream of long-legged groupies came and went. And then there were Smith and Sanders, whose Texas-sized egos were eclipsed only by their record-breaking on-field perfomances. With an unforgettable cast of characters and a narrative as hard-hitting and fast-paced as the team itself, Boys Will Be Boys immortalizes the most beloved—and despised—dynasty in NFL history.

Forever, Interrupted

Forever, Interrupted
  • Author : Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2013-07-09
  • Total pages :324
  • ISBN : 1476712824
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Summary : After her newlywed husband, Ben, is killed while riding his bike, Elsie realizes the only family she has left is a mother-in-law she does not meet until after Ben's death, and whom she is instantly at odds with, and must forge a bond with the woman if she is ever going to get over the grief. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Spring Chicken

Spring Chicken
  • Author : Bill Gifford
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  • Release Date :2015-02-17
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 1455527459
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Summary : From acclaimed journalist Bill Gifford comes a roaring journey into the world of anti-aging science in search of answers to a universal obsession: what can be done about getting old? SPRING CHICKEN: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) SPRING CHICKEN is a full-throttle, high-energy ride through the latest research, popular mythology, and ancient wisdom on mankind's oldest obsession: How can we live longer? And better? In his funny, self-deprecating voice, veteran reporter Bill Gifford takes readers on a fascinating journey through the science of aging, from the obvious signs like wrinkles and baldness right down into the innermost workings of cells. We visit cutting-edge labs where scientists are working to "hack" the aging process, like purging "senescent" cells from mice to reverse the effects of aging. He'll reveal why some people live past 100 without even trying, what has happened with resveratrol, the "red wine pill" that made headlines a few years ago, how your fat tissue is trying to kill you, and how it's possible to unlock longevity-promoting pathways that are programmed into our very genes. Gifford separates the wheat from the chaff as he exposes hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society, and arms readers with the best possible advice on what to do, what not to do, and what life-changing treatments may be right around the corner. An intoxicating mixture of deep reporting, fascinating science, and prescriptive takeaway, SPRING CHICKEN will reveal the extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth, while exposing dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant.

Nothing Lasts Forever (Basis for the film Die Hard)

Nothing Lasts Forever (Basis for the film Die Hard)
  • Author : Roderick Thorp
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  • Release Date :2012-12-17
  • Total pages :246
  • ISBN : 193516984X
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Summary : High atop a Los Angeles skyscraper, an office Christmas party turns into a deadly cage-match between a lone New York City cop and a gang of international terrorists. Every action fan knows it could only be the explosive big-screen blockbuster Die Hard. But before Bruce Willis blew away audiences as unstoppable hero John McClane, author Roderick Thorp knocked out thriller readers with the bestseller that started it all. A dozen heavily armed terrorists have taken hostages, issued demands, and promised bloodshed — all according to plan. But they haven’t counted on a death-defying, one-man cavalry with no shoes, no backup, and no intention of going down easily. As hot-headed cops swarm outside, and cold-blooded killers wield machine guns and rocket launchers inside, the stage is set for the ultimate showdown between anti-hero and uber-villains. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fight... to the death. Ho ho ho!

Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day
  • Author : Anthony Horowitz
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2018-11-06
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 1443457434
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Summary : A spy is dead. A legend is born. This is how it all began. The explosive prequel to Casino Royale, from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. Forever and a Day is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera, taking readers into the very beginning of James Bond’s illustrious career and the formation of his identity. *** M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. “We have no choice. We’re just going to bring forward this other chap you’ve been preparing. But you didn’t tell me his name.” “‘It’s Bond, sir,'” the Chief of Staff replied. “James Bond.” The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time. One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It’s time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organized crime. It’s time for James Bond to earn his license to kill.

Forever Innocent

Forever Innocent
  • Author : Deanna Roy
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2014-01-01
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 193815018X
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Summary : The USA Today bestselling series "Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again." Corabelle doesn't feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned. Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction. When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can't resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she'll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent. A New Adult Contemporary Romance. Contains themes of loss, second chance, love story, first love, reuniting, new adult and coming of age, pregnancy, grief, dangerous romance, college, and blue collar. HEA. 288 print pages

The Baseball Whisperer

The Baseball Whisperer
  • Author : Michael Tackett
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2016-07-05
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 0544386396
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Summary : From an award-winning journalist, a real Field of Dreams story about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program he built in America's heartland, where boys come summer after summer to be molded into ballplayers — and men Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything. There, between the corn fields and hog yards, is a ball field with a bronze bust of a man named Merl Eberly, a baseball whisperer who specialized in second chances and lost causes. The statue was a gift from one of Merl’s original long-shot projects, a skinny kid from the ghetto in Los Angeles who would one day become a beloved Hall-of-Fame shortstop: Ozzie Smith. The Baseball Whisperer traces the remarkable story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A’s baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Ozzie Smith, future manager Bud Black, and star player Von Hayes, Merl developed scores of major league players (six of which are currently playing). In the process, Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity, and responsibility. More than a book about ballplayers who landed in the nation's agricultural heartland, The Baseball Whisperer is the story of a coach who puts character and dedication first, and reminds us of the best, purest form of baseball excellence.

The Musical Adventure of 'One-Shot' Billy

The Musical Adventure of 'One-Shot' Billy
  • Author : James D. Scanlon
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2016-06-08
  • Total pages :310
  • ISBN : 9780997568677
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Summary : Substitute music teacher, Benjamin Lee, performs his experimental lesson plan for unsuspecting middle school students. The entertaining, yet profound tutorial about love, politics and nature conservation unveils a mystical family who's managed Earth since the beginning of time. The planet has flourished under their ageless system of give-and-take. However, new data reveals Cupid has allowed a small town's future to be threatened by takers. A last-ditch effort to produce givers is the only hope to save the town and himself from ruin. Aim on you !

Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day
  • Author : Jasmine Barber
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2013-02-21
  • Total pages :258
  • ISBN : 9781482548365
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Summary : After being cheated on by her boyfriend Jaiden "Murder" on many different occasions, Brielle finally decides to end their relationship. But unlike most people when breaking off a long term relationship with the man you once loved, Brielle is much happier single than she has ever been. Until an unexpected weekend of fun with her best friends leads her to meet and become attracted to none other than Royalty Records CEO, Kiyan Sanchez. After taking a chance with Kiyan, Brielle finds herself again hurt by another man's actions and words. Now second guessing if it was too soon to be taking a shot at love, she's ready to give up on men and love all together. What Brielle doesn't know is Kiyan is on a mission to teach her a lesson on how to forgive past mistakes and look forward to the future, with him as the new man in her life. However, Kiyan isn't the only one lurking in the shadows ready to teach Brielle a life changing lesson. Prepare yourself and get ready to embark on the journey of friendship, love, and betrayal.

Bull in the Ring

Bull in the Ring
  • Author : Joe Castellano
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  • Release Date :2017-08-15
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780999247709
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Summary : In 1970 St. Louis U. High improbably was in the Missouri prep football title game. The great but naive ambition of the Baby Boomers involved was tempered by the threatening social turmoil of the late 1960s. This story is how football and faith became a refuge, and the place that season has held in the lives they went on to live.

Deadly Forever

Deadly Forever
  • Author : Lily Harper Hart
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2017-08-28
  • Total pages :236
  • ISBN : 9781975858346
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Summary : The Hardy family has been through everything imaginable and yet they're still standing. At the center of their strength is love ... and that's never been more important than now.Life is good for the Hardy family and they have a triple wedding on the horizon. Three couples - Grady and Sophie, Finn and Emma and Ally and Jake - are getting ready to pledge forever to one another. Mandy and James are watching from the sidelines and cheering them on, but they've got one final adventure in front of them as well.When four teenagers walk into a suburban mall and die at the hands of the police - and James - while trying to commit a robbery, the oldest Hardy brother is plagued with one question: Why? Why did four seemingly normal teenagers embark on a suicide run? What propelled them to do it?James is determined to find answers even as the big wedding approaches. He's not doing it alone, though. He's got his beloved wife at his side, and she refuses to take a step back until they have all the answers. They're in it together ... forever.Go along for one final ride and find out if Mandy can possibly find another ridiculously dangerous situation. Happily ever after is here. Now it's time for everyone to enjoy it.

Long Shot

Long Shot
  • Author : Kennedy Ryan
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2018-03-22
  • Total pages :460
  • ISBN : 9781732144309
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Summary : A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA... Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl? You don't. My fairy tale is upside down. A happily never after. I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold. Now there's a new player in the game, August West. One of the NBA's brightest stars. Fine. Forbidden. He wants me. I want him. But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go.