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"Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I've ever read. It comes from the heart." —Stephen King Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, House of Nails, by former world champion, multimillionaire entrepreneur, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss. Nicknamed "Nails" for his hustle and grit, Lenny approached the game of baseball -- and life -- with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era. An overachiever known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified by his former minor-league roommate Billy Beane as the prototypical "Moneyball" player in Michael Lewis's bestseller. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug-fueled, Nails also defined a notorious era of excess in baseball. Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure: After retiring, Dykstra became a celebrated business mogul and investment guru. Touted as "one of the great ones" by CNBC's Jim Cramer, he became "baseball's most improbable post-career success story" (The New Yorker), purchasing a $17.5-million mansion and traveling the world by private jet. But when the economy imploded in 2008, Lenny lost everything. Then the feds moved in: convicted of bankruptcy fraud (unjustly, he contends), Lenny served two and a half harrowing years in prison, where he was the victim of a savage beating by prison guards that knocked out his front teeth. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers, declared that Lenny's outrageous rise and spectactular fall was "the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime." Now, for the first time, Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence and excess, then, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption. Was Lenny's hard-charging, risk-it-all nature responsible for his success in baseball and business and his precipitous fall from grace? What lessons, if any, has he learned now that he has had time to think and reflect? Hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and irresistibly readable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Lenny Dykstra
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: 2016-06-28
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780062407382

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Imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. This may sound like the latest development in prefab housing or green architecture, but the design dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff (1895–1982) developed Airform construction as a solution to the global housing crisis. Best known for his elegant Spanish Colonial–revival estates in Southern California, Neff had a private passion for his dome-shaped "bubble houses" made of reinforced concrete cast in position over an inflatable balloon. No Nails, No Lumber shows the beauty and versatility of Neff's design in new and vintage photography, previously unpublished illustrations, and archival material and ephemera.

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Genre: Architecture
Author: Jeffrey Head
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release: 2012-08-10
File: 168 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781616891558

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Nominee: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy CLEL Bell Award, TALK 2017-2108 Chickadee Award Darcy has plans. She and her friend are going to play dress up, do each other's hair, and polish their nails. Daddy has plans, too. He's going to read the paper, mow the lawn, and fix the fence. When Darcy's friend cancels and she's sure her day is ruined, Daddy suggests that they tackle their to-do lists together with a Darcy-Daddy Day. Daddy dons a tutu, and Darcy gives him a fancy hair do. They groom the lawn with Her Majesty's Mowing Service and face off in a Daddy-directed sock battle. But will Darcy want to hammer? Will Daddy do nails? Stepping outside their comfort zones, Darcy and Daddy opt to be open-minded and even a bit daring. As Daddy says, "Sometimes things you've never done end up being fun!" With a gung-ho attitude, Darcy masters the hammer, and Daddy goes for it with the nails.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Josh Bledsoe
Publisher: Flashlight Press
Release: 2016-04-01
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781936261833

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Nailed! is a dramatic biography of Lenny Dykstra—the heroic center fielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in the '80s and '90s whose gritty play earned him the nickname “Nails.” Dykstra's unlikely post-baseball rise in the business world is a success story that is only matched by the sordid tale of his ultimate downfall. From famously receiving financial guru Jim Cramer's ringing endorsement as “one of the best” stock prognosticators, to hanging out with Charlie Sheen and numerous prostitutes, to holding court in his 15 million California home, Dykstra lived a highflying lifestyle. He was the toast of the business world before his litany of crimes were detected and his empire began to unravel in 2009, leading to a conviction and prison sentence in 2012 with more charges pending. Through compelling storytelling supported by extensive research and documentation—including interviews with many of Dykstra's friends, family, and business associates—Nailed! Peels back the layers of this onion to reveal that the criminal charges of grand theft auto, identity theft, vandalism, lewd behavior, sexual assault, and more are just the tip of the iceberg. This is an engaging read of a sports and business hero gone bad.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Christopher Frankie
Publisher: Running Press
Release: 2013-04-02
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780762448289

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Genre: Canada
Author: Canada. Parliament. House of Commons
Publisher:
Release: 1897
File: Pages
ISBN-13: PSU:000070384697

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Genre: Law reports, digests, etc
Author: United States. Court of Claims
Publisher:
Release: 1860
File: Pages
ISBN-13: PSU:35189001365006

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Genre: United States
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services
Publisher:
Release: 1951
File: 3122 Pages
ISBN-13: UIUC:30112119651708

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Author: Great Britain House of Commons
Publisher:
Release: 1803
File: Pages
ISBN-13: BSB:BSB10213026

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Tracy Kidder takes readers to the heart of the American Dream: the building of a family's first house with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges, and triumphs.

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Genre: Architecture
Author: Tracy Kidder
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release: 1999
File: 341 Pages
ISBN-13: 0618001913

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A step-by-step description of how a new house is built, from the architect's first blueprint to the day a family moves into their new home.

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Genre: Dwellings
Author: Thomas Campbell Jackson
Publisher:
Release: 1994
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 0590446428

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