July 8-14: Tales Of Richard Burton, Resilience And Ray Mancini

The Richard Burton Diaries

by Richard Burton and Chris Williams

Paperback, 693 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $22, published July 9 2013 | purchase

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Actor Richard Burton was a lifelong diary-keeper and his journals chronicle his experiences from 1939 to 1983. A compilation of those entries, edited by Chris Williams, reveals Burton's struggles with weight, drinking and jealousy — especially with respect to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor.

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Resilience

Why Things Bounce Back

by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

Paperback, 323 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published July 9 2013 | purchase

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Resilience
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Why Things Bounce Back
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Tracing some of the economic highs and lows that impacted the world in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this book serves as an introduction to the emerging field of resilience research. It explains how to approach disruptions in ecosystems, businesses and governments.

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The Good Son

The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

by Mark Kriegel

Paperback, 316 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase

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The Good Son
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The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
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FOX Sports columnist Mark Kriegel follows the story of the 1980s champion fighter — who was motivated by a promise he made to his war-injured father. The Good Son follows Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini's rise to the status of a national hero before a fateful match in 1982, in which his South Korean challenger sustained brain injuries and died days later.

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The Spectacular Now

by Tim Tharp

Paperback, 294 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase

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The Spectacular Now
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Known by all as the best party guy in town, Sutter Keely lives a carefree life with little responsibility. When he meets Aimee, a socially inept girl with a need for change, Sutter ends up in unfamiliar territory when his feelings for her suddenly become more real than anything he's ever felt in his life.

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