a hope in the unseen

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It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition–which is fully supported by his forceful mother–is to attend a top-flight college. In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Ron Suskind
Publisher : Broadway Books
Release : 2010-08-18
File : 400 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780307763082

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Follows a determined African American teenager from a violent school in Washington, D.C., to the bewildering world of the Ivy League

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Ron Suskind
Publisher : Broadway
Release : 1999
File : 373 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780767901260

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The inspiring, unflinching true story of “blind” faith, as Major Scotty Smiley awakes in a hospital bed and realizes his world is permanently dark he must stretch his faith like never before. Courageous, heartfelt, and honest, Hope Unseen challenges readers to question their doubts, not their beliefs, and depend upon God no matter what. A nervous glance from a man in a parked car. Muted instincts from a soldier on patrol. Violent destruction followed by total darkness. Two weeks later, Scotty Smiley woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, helpless . . . and blind. Blindness became Scotty’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, Captain Smiley resented the theft of his dreams—becoming a CEO, a Delta Force operator, or a four-star general. With his wife Tiffany’s love and the support of his family and friends, Scotty was transformed—the injury only intensifying his indomitable spirit. Since the moment he jumped out of a hospital bed and forced his way through nurses and cords to take a simple shower, Captain Scotty Smiley has climbed Mount Rainier, won an ESPY as Best Outdoor Athlete, surfed, skydived, become a father, earned an MBA from Duke, taught leadership at West Point, commanded an army company, and won the MacArthur Leadership Award. Scotty and Tiffany Smiley have lived out a faith so real that it will inspire you to question your own doubts, push you to serve something bigger than yourself, and encourage you to cling to a Hope Unseen.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Scotty Smiley
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2010-09-14
File : 256 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1439186820

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America and the West lost their way, and at the struggles of their respective governments to reclaim the moral authority on which their survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, and from the fault-line countries of South Asia tothe sands of Guantanamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens. Tracking down truth and hope, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post 9-11 world.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Ron Suskind
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2013-03-28
File : 432 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781471128271

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A tour-de-force of a debut that blends classic fantasy -- the fascinating, frightening, sometimes-invisible world of the djinn -- that's genies to some of us -- with the 21st-century reality of a super-hacker in mortal danger in a repressive security state on the Arabian Gulf. Alif (that's his handle) is a brilliant young superhacker working out of his mother's small apartment, and his computer has just been breached. While Alif scrambles to protect his clients -- dissidents and outlaws alike, whoever needs to hide their digital traces, he and his friends realize that they've been found by 'the Hand' -- maybe a person, maybe a program, but definitely able to find anyone, and that could lead to prison, or worse. Alif, with the help of his childhood friend Dina, an ancient book sent to him in secret by his lost love (who may be frighteningly connected to the Hand) and a terrifying protector who almost looks human, must go underground -- or rather, find a way into the hidden world of the djinn. They wrote the mysterious book centuries ago, and have knowledge that might just allow Alif to infiltrate the most sophisticated information technology the world has ever seen, and perhaps save himself, his loved ones, and freedom itself. With shades of Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, William Gibson, and the timeless Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour-de-force debut with major potential -- a masterful, addictive blend of the ancient and the more-than-modern, smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : G. Willow Wilson
Publisher : Emblem Editions
Release : 2012-07-10
File : 384 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780771089107

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Parallel Time is an evocative memoir that poses universal questions: Where does the family end and the self begin? What do we owe our families, and what do we owe our dreams for ourselves? What part of the past is a gift and what part a shackle? For Brent Staples there is the added dimension of race: moving from a black world into one largely defined by whites. The oldest song among nine children, Brent grew up in a small industrial town near Philadelphia. First a scholarship to a local college and then one for graduate study at the University of Chicago pulled him out of the close family circle. While he was away, the industries that supported the town failed, and drug dealing rushed in to fill the economic void. News of arrests and premature deaths among Brent's childhood friends underscored the precariousness of his perch in a world of mostly white achievers. A younger brother became a cocaine dealer and was murdered by one of his "clients." His death propelled Brent into a reconsideration of his childhood and coming-of-age that offers vivid portraits of family and place, of values that supported and pressures that tore apart, of the appeal and pain of entering a predominantly white world, and of the strengths and vulnerabilities of the black world he grew away from.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Brent Staples
Publisher : Pantheon
Release : 2017-09-27
File : 288 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781524747480

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ABOUT THE BOOK Many people have read Ron Suskinds A Hope in the Unseen and been inspired by the story of a boy who used his intelligence, faith, and drive to claw his way up from the ghetto to the Ivory Tower. Some view the book as a scathing commentary on how the American education system fails its students. Yet others wonder what the books message is supposed to be. A call to reform Affirmative Action? A study of what it means to be black in America (as seen through white eyes)? An aggrandizement of the Ivy League? A look at race relations? Class relations? Ron Suskinds 1998 narrative non-fiction A Hope in the Unseen focuses on the story of Cedric Jennings, a boy who managed to make it out of Southeast Washington, DC and gain acceptance into Brown University. Suskind met Cedric while doing a story for The Wall Street Journal on high academic achievers in the dangerous inner city Ballou Senior High School. Unlike the other honor roll students who were afraid to talk to Suskind, Cedric was proud of his achievements and welcomed the reporter into his life. After the article was so successful that it won Suskind a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing in 1995, the idea for A Hope in the Unseen began to take shape. MEET THE AUTHOR Lacey Kohlmoos is a writer, traveler and lover of the arts. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in Drama & the Studies of Women and Gender, the only thing she knew for sure was that she wanted to travel. So, she embarked on a 10 12 month round-the-world trip, then traveled to Costa Rica where she spent one year teaching elementary school English in a small mountain town. Throughout her two years of travels, she's always kept a blog. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK At Ballou Senior High School in Southeast Washington, DC it is not an uncommon occurrence for fires to be set in the bathrooms, for knife fights to break out in the hallways, and for the classrooms to be only half filled with students. The kids at Ballou have grown up where survival either means becoming a part of the violent culture or trying not to get noticed as you work towards a better life. Cedric Jennings, pushed by his mother Barbara, has vowed to do everything in his power to get out of the ghetto and into an Ivy League University. Unlike the other academic achievers at Ballou, however, Cedric refuses to be ashamed of his achievements and drive. As a result, he is constantly ridiculed with taunts of being a nerd, a whitey, and too proud. Cedric does not deny that he is a proud person, but he is driven by much more than that. Desperate to get her son out of Southeast DC, Barbara has pushed him to achieve academic success and climb the social ladder despite her financial troubles and violent upbringing. A spiritual woman who attends multiple services a week at the Scripture Cathedral, she has instilled in Cedric a strict religious code and strong sense of morals. Cedric also finds support in Mr. Taylor, his chemistry teacher and mentor who often quotes scripture and helps him get into MITs MITES summer achievement program. CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Ron Suskind's A Hope in the Unseen Ron Suskind's A Hope in the Unseen + About A Hope in the Unseen + About Ron Suskind + Overall Summary + Chapter-by-Chapter Commentary and Summary + ...and much more

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Genre : Study Aids
Author : Lacey Kohlmoos
Publisher : Hyperink Inc
Release : 2012-04-04
File : 48 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781614640745

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This searing memoir shares the trauma and triumphs of Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir's time inside America's most notorious prison. Lakhdar and Mustafa were living quiet, peaceful lives in Bosnia when, in October 2001, they were arrested and accused of participating in a terrorist plot. After a three-month investigation uncovered no evidence, all charges were dropped and Bosnian courts ordered their freedom. However, under intense U.S. pressure, Bosnian officials turned them over to American soldiers. They were flown blindfolded and shackled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were held in outdoor cages for weeks as the now-infamous military prison was built around them. Guantanamo became their home for the next seven years. They endured torture and harassment and force-feedings and beatings, all the while not knowing if they would ever see their families again. They had no opportunity to argue their innocence until 2008, when the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in their case, Boumediene v. Bush, confirming Guantanamo detainees' constitutional right to challenge their detention in federal court. Weeks later, the George W. Bush–appointed federal judge who heard their case, stunned by the absence of evidence against them, ordered their release. Now living in Europe and rebuilding their lives, Lakhdar and Mustafa are finally free to share a story that every American ought to know. Learn more at witnessesbook.com or donate to a crowdsourced restitution fund at GoFundMe.com/witnesses.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Lakhdar Boumediene
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Release : 2018-04-10
File : 288 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781503602113

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As the mother of one of the children who died at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, Alissa Parker had her world shattered by a mass murderer's rampage. She was left to make sense of her daughter's life and death and to rebuild, seeking a deeply spiritual path to carry on with her life and find new meaning and purpose. As a co-founder of SafeandSoundSchools.org, a touring national advocacy group that helps people take action to make schools safer, Alissa has talked to hundreds of parents around the country about her ordeal and how she was able to endure the unspeakable horror of Sandy Hook. An Unseen Angeltakes readers though Alissa's complete journey, chronicling the moment-by-moment account of the day that began with every parent's worst nightmare: hearing, "There's been a shooting at your child's school." It follows her faith-filled spiritual path to coping, healing, forgiving, and eventually feeling gratitude for the life and love of her daughter Emilie. She describes a bond of love between a mother and daughter that is so profound it transcends the physical body and touches Alissa and the people who loved Emilie who feel her presence every day. And she articulates her deep Christian faith, which guided the answers to Alissa's gut-wrenching, post-tragedy questioning: "Where is Emilie now?" "Can love transcend the physical body?" "How can I know that Emilie is in a better place?" "How do I deal with the 'here and now' when the pain and anger I feel is so overwhelming?" This is the first book about the school-shooting tragedies with a focus on faith and spirituality. As we learn Alissa's story, we are introduced to a special little girl who was wise beyond her years and whose lessons about life and the transcendent power of love continued even after she had passed away."

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Genre : Family & Relationships
Author : Alissa Parker
Publisher : Ensign Peak
Release : 2017-04-04
File : 192 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1629722790

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The moving story of a daughter’s quest to discover the truth about her beloved father’s hidden past. Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David’s mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World’s heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Liz Moore
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2016-07-26
File : 416 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780393245004

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