AViD 2018

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Authors Visiting in Des Moines titles.

    • Conspiracy
      Ryan Holiday

      Describes how billionaire investor and PayPal founder Peter Thiel took down Gawker Media after they outed him by putting them through a proxy war through the Florida legal system after the media outlet published an illegally recorded sex tape involving Hulk Hogan.

    • The Daily Stoic
      Ryan Holiday

      The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.

    • Ego is the Enemy
      Ryan Holiday

      Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.

    • Poison
      John Lescroart

      In this riveting new book by “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart, attorney Dismas Hardy investigates the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects.

    • Fatal
      John Lescroart

      A fleeting crush becomes a dangerous obsession for a family woman who shares an intense encounter with a man she meets at a dinner party before a chilling act of violence marks the first of a series of horrifying events.

    • The Fall
      John Lescroart

      A novel of legal suspense featuring Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebecca, now grown up and an associate in Hardy's law firm. Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco's Stockton tunnel. But did she fall...or was she pushed?

    • A Gentleman in Moscow
      Amor Towles

      Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

    • Rules of Civility
      Amor Towles

      A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

    • No One is Coming to Save Us
      Stephanie Powell Watts

      A tale inspired by The Great Gatsby is set in the contemporary South and follows the difficulties endured by an extended black family with colliding visions of the American dream.

    • We Are Taking Only What We Need
      Stephanie Powell Watts

      African American women protagonists lose and find love, confront sanity and craziness, and strive to make sense of their lives in North Carolina.

    • Treating People Well
      Lea Berman & Jeremy Bernard

      A guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, written by two White House Social Secretaries who offer an important fundamental message--everyone is important and everyone deserves to be treated well.

    • Revolution Song
      Russell Shorto

      An account of the American Revolution that draws on diaries, letters and more to flesh out six disparate lives affected by the war, including an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a woman who abandoned her abusive husband and an often-criticized George Washington.

    • The Island at the Center of the World
      Russell Short

      Before there were 13 colonies, there was New Netherland. Founded by the Dutch, this tiny community on the edge of the wilderness supported a staggering array of peoples. Surrounded by intolerant Puritans, the colony took its cue from Amsterdam, Europe's most liberal city. Inevitably the Dutch and English clashed--and a new nation was born.