Gridiron football is the king of sports, the biggest game in the strongest and richest country in the world. Of the twenty most-watched television broadcasts ever, both in the United States and internationally, all twenty were Super Bowls. (Read more...)
In The King of Sports, Gregg Easterbrook, author of the wildly popular ESPN column Tuesday Morning Quarterback, takes on football's place in American society. Easterbrook tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society at all levels of the game.
It's senior year at St. Joan's Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. (Read more...)
College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys' texts, ... Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can't.
First it's the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan's buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen, who's been reading The Crucible for extra credit, comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago...
Inspired by true events, from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school, Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what's really happening to the girls at St. Joan's?
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs, at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. (Read more...)
Using captivating photos and compelling first-person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming deftly maneuvers between the imperial family's extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read.