Life Is Not an Accident

Life Is Not an Accident
Author: Jay Williams
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780062328007
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Release: 2016-01-26
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times Bestseller This big-hearted memoir by the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness. Ten years ago, Jay Williams was at the beginning of a brilliant professional basketball career. The Chicago Bulls’ top draft pick—and the second pick of the entire draft—he had the great Michael Jordan’s locker. Then he ran his high-performance motorcycle head-on into a light pole, severely damaging himself and ending his career. In this intense, hard-hitting, and deeply profound memoir, Williams talks about the accident that transformed him. Sometimes, the memories are so fresh, he feels like he’ll never escape the past. Most days, he finds a quiet peace as a commentator on ESPN and as an entrepreneur who can only look back in astonishment at his younger self—a kid who had it all, thought he was invincible, and lost everything . . . only to gain new wisdom. Williams also shares behind the scenes details of life as an All-American. He tells it straight about the scandalous recruiting process and his decision to return to Duke and Coach K—a man who taught him about accountability—to finish his education. He also speaks out about corruption—among coaches, administrators, players, and alumni—and about his time in the NBA, introducing us to a dark underworld culture in the pros: the gambling, drugs, and sex in every city, with players on every team.

My Life Is No Accident

My Life Is No Accident
Author: Tenika Watson
Pages: 140
ISBN: 1511875488
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Release: 2014-08-05
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Who is Tenika Watson? Many people have wondered, many people have assumed, and few have truly known the story of her life beyond the tabloid coverage of the car crash that paralyzed the late Teddy Pendergrass. My Life Is No Accident is a memoir spanning five decades. It is a story of innocence, family, coming of age, love, struggle, and overcoming adversity.

Success Is Not an Accident

Success Is Not an Accident
Author: Tommy Newberry
Pages: 256
ISBN: 141436881X
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Release: 2011-09-28
Editor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tommy Newberry's best-selling Success Is Not an Accident (self-published in 1999) has helped over 100,000 readers achieve higher levels of success in both their personal and professional lives. Reminiscent of best-selling authors Stephen Covey and John Maxwell, Newberry teaches readers the power of goal setting, time management, visualization, and “self-talk” so they can achieve peak levels of performance in all areas of their lives.

Luck is No Accident

Luck is No Accident
Author: John D. Krumboltz,Al S. Levin
Pages: 161
ISBN: 9781886230033
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Release: 2010
Editor: Impact Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Unplanned events more often determine life and career choices than all the careful planning we do. A chance meeting, a broken appointment, a spontaneous vacation trip are the kind of experiences that lead to unexpected life directions. This book encourages readers to prepare for the unexpected and to make the most of what life offers.

Life Was Just an Accident

Life Was Just an Accident
Author: Philip Donaghy
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781450201582
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Release: 2010-02-26
Editor: iUniverse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One rainy night in 1998, Philip Donaghy was paralysed in a car crash. It was just an accident, a stroke of bad luck that shattered a young man’s dreams and ambitions. Against the odds, Philip left hospital and now lives in his own home with nursing care around the clock. The car crash was not the only accident to blight Philip’s youth. His life was an accident from the moment of his conception in an institution for the mentally ill. Philip was taken from his mother days after his birth and reared in a children’s home in Belfast. At the age of six, he was fostered by relatives and felt unloved by them. When he was 11 he found out that he had no father. Philip has fought desperately with his family and the health authorities ever since to find out who his father is. He has faced a conspiracy of silence and shame. More than the car crash, Philip’s anguish over his identity as held him back from chieving his full potenti al. Philip has dreams. Wen he finds out who he is, he wants to marry and to raise a family of his own.

It s No Accident

It s No Accident
Author: Steve Hodges,Suzanne Schlosberg
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780762784271
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Release: 2012-02-07
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Proven, practical advice for treating and preventing potty problems.

Success Is Not an Accident

Success Is Not an Accident
Author: Tommy Newberry
Pages: 232
ISBN: 141431311X
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Release: 2007
Editor: Tyndale House Pub
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Tommy Newberry's best-selling Success Is Not an Accident (self-published in 1999) has helped over 100,000 readers achieve higher levels of success in both their personal and professional lives. Reminiscent of best-selling authors Stephen Covey and John Maxwell, Newberry teaches readers the power of goal setting, time management, visualization, and “self-talk” so they can achieve peak levels of performance in all areas of their lives.

This Is Not an Accident

This Is Not an Accident
Author: April Wilder
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780698151468
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Release: 2014-01-30
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From a truly distinctive voice brimming with wicked humor, tales of the little disasters that befall and befuddle us April Wilder’s characters (some normal, some less so) have this in common: they are spiraling (or inching) toward self-destruction. An almost poetic range of disasters are sought out and savored in This Is Not an Accident, from bad romance to iffy adoption decisions to unsteady liaisons with animals and dolls; from compulsive driving to compulsive written correspondence with oneself. A house sitter hides among poets in Salt Lake City after his canine charge dies tragically. A grandma’s boyfriend holds a backyard barbecue under siege—with the kids as his pint-sized guards. The world of these slightly off-center individuals is similarly off by a few degrees. But by the end, we realize it’s not as far off as we would like to think: this is modern American life. What Wilder captures is not a dark side, but rather the side we all know well and hide from others, and ourselves. In the tradition of Wells Tower and Jim Shepard, This Is Not an Accident signals a bold new voice and delivers the kind of insanely incisive moments only a master of the human condition can conjure.

Not by Accident

Not by Accident
Author: Samantha Dunn
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781631528330
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Release: 2015-08-11
Editor: She Writes Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Samantha Dunn used to live for the feeling of wind blowing in her hair and the powerful intoxication of her horse's steady gallop. A tug of Harley's leathery reins could instantly eradicate mounting bills, unfinished work, and the reality of a troubled marriage from her mind. But one day, as she was leading Harley across a stream in a picturesque California canyon, he panicked, knocked her to the ground, and trampled her—nearly severing her leg in the process. Dunn had always been “accident prone”—but in the aftermath of this incident, she began to analyze the details of her life and her propensity for accidents. Was she really just a klutz? Or could there be some underlying emotional reason she was always putting her life in danger? A blend of personal narrative and of research about what drives some people to have more accidents than others, Not by Accident is an insightful, incisive memoir that helps bridge the gap in understanding that exists on the concept of accident proneness.

The Accidental Universe

The Accidental Universe
Author: Alan Lightman
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781472109200
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Release: 2014-01-14
Editor: Corsair
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In The Accidental Universe, physicist and novelist Alan Lightman explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind. Here, in a collection of exhilarating essays, Lightman shows us our own universe from a series of fascinating and diverse perspectives. He takes on the difficult dialogue between science and religion; the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature; the possibility that our universe is simply an accident; the manner in which modern technology has divorced us from enjoying a direct experience of the world; and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws alone. With his customary passion, precision, lyricism and imagination, in The Accidental Universe Alan Lightman leaves us with the suggestion - heady and humbling - that what we see and understand of the world and ourselves is only a tiny piece of the extraordinary, perhaps unfathomable whole. Praise for Alan Lightman: '...a gem of a novel that is strange witty erudite and alive with Lightman's playful genius.' Junot Diaz. 'It would not seem possible for Alan Lightman to match his earlier tour de force, Einstein's Dreams, but in Mr g he has done so - with wit, imagination, and transcendent beauty.' Anita Desai.

Extraterrestrial

Extraterrestrial
Author: Avi Loeb
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780358278146
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Release: 2021
Editor: Houghton Mifflin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Harvard's top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star

Crossroads

Crossroads
Author: Kaleb Dahlgren
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781443462891
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Release: 2021-03-16
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An inspiring story of hope and resiliency On April 6, 2018, sixteen people died and thirteen others were injured after a bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck in a rural intersection. The tragedy moved millions of people to leave hockey sticks by their front door to show sympathy and support for the Broncos. People from more than eighty countries pledged millions of dollars to families whose relatives had been directly involved in the accident. Crossroads is the story of Kaleb Dahlgren, a young man who survived the bus crash and faced life after the tragedy with resiliency and positivity. In this chronicle of his time with the Broncos and the loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Dahlgren takes a hard look at his experience of unprecedented loss, but also revels in the overwhelming response and outpouring of love from across Canada and around the world. But this book also goes much deeper, revealing the adversity Dahlgren faced long before his time in Humboldt and his inspiring journey since the accident. From a childhood spent learning to live with type 1 diabetes to his remarkable recovery from severe brain trauma that astounded medical professionals, Dahlgren documents a life of perseverance, gratitude and hope in the wake of enormous obstacles and life-altering tragedy. The author will donate a portion of his proceeds from this book to STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service).

If I Stay

If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101046340
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Release: 2009-04-02
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year. Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Chloe Moretz! In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

You Are Not Here by Accident

You Are Not Here by Accident
Author: Charlana Kelly
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0998519006
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Release: 2017-01-27
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"You Are Not Here by Accident," is a powerful manifesto for everyone who calls themselves a believer. Charlana has written a clear, relatable, and concise encouragement for us all to rediscover a gospel surrendered life; a life worth pursuing, released from the heart of God and uniquely fashioned for each one of us.

By Accident

By Accident
Author: Trevor A. Kletz
Pages: 144
ISBN: 0953844005
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Release: 2000
Editor: IChemE
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Kletz's techniques for safety in the process industries are explained in his biography.

This Accident of Being Lost

This Accident of Being Lost
Author: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781487001292
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Release: 2017-04-08
Editor: House of Anansi
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson that rebirths a decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives or comfortable categorization. This Accident of Being Lost is the knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. These visionary pieces build upon Simpson's powerful use of the fragment as a tool for intervention in her critically acclaimed collection Islands of Decolonial Love. A crow watches over a deer addicted to road salt; Lake Ontario floods Toronto to remake the world while texting “ARE THEY GETTING IT?”; lovers visit the last remaining corner of the boreal forest; three comrades guerrilla-tap maples in an upper middle-class neighbourhood; and Kwe gets her firearms license in rural Ontario. Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, like a campfire in your backyard, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781401388881
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Release: 2007-04-01
Editor: Hachette Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him, as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

Improving the Continued Airworthiness of Civil Aircraft

Improving the Continued Airworthiness of Civil Aircraft
Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems,Committee on Aircraft Certification Safety Management
Pages: 86
ISBN: 9780309173742
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Release: 1998-09-11
Editor: National Academies Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As part of the national effort to improve aviation safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chartered the National Research Council to examine and recommend improvements in the aircraft certification process currently used by the FAA, manufacturers, and operators.

Irresistible

Irresistible
Author: Adam Alter
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780698402638
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Release: 2017-03-07
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction—an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones. Half of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone, and Millennial kids spend so much time in front of screens that they struggle to interact with real, live humans. In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today's products are irresistible. Though these miraculous products melt the miles that separate people across the globe, their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become almost impossible to resist. By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good—to improve how we communicate with each other, spend and save our money, and set boundaries between work and play—and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being, and the health and happiness of our children. Adam Alter's previous book, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave is available in paperback from Penguin.

Normal Accidents

Normal Accidents
Author: Charles Perrow
Pages: 464
ISBN: 140082849X
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Release: 2011-10-12
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Normal Accidents analyzes the social side of technological risk. Charles Perrow argues that the conventional engineering approach to ensuring safety--building in more warnings and safeguards--fails because systems complexity makes failures inevitable. He asserts that typical precautions, by adding to complexity, may help create new categories of accidents. (At Chernobyl, tests of a new safety system helped produce the meltdown and subsequent fire.) By recognizing two dimensions of risk--complex versus linear interactions, and tight versus loose coupling--this book provides a powerful framework for analyzing risks and the organizations that insist we run them. The first edition fulfilled one reviewer's prediction that it "may mark the beginning of accident research." In the new afterword to this edition Perrow reviews the extensive work on the major accidents of the last fifteen years, including Bhopal, Chernobyl, and the Challenger disaster. The new postscript probes what the author considers to be the "quintessential 'Normal Accident'" of our time: the Y2K computer problem.