Perfect Strangers: Friendship, Strength, and Recovery After Boston?s Worst Day

The first was shores salter, when the bomb went off, a college student who, instinctively ran into the smoke while his friends ran away. Then, all full, boston police officer Shana Cottone arrived on the scene and began screaming desperately at passing ambulances, before finally commandeering an empty paddy wagon.

Four lives brought together in a deadly moment prove that being in the wrong place at the worst time can lead to life's biggest adventures and most important relationshipsAs Roseann Sdoia waited to watch her friend cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, she had no idea her life was about to change-that in a matter of minutes she would look up from the sidewalk, staring at her detached foot, burned and deaf, screaming for help amid the smoke and blood.

In the chaos of the minutes that followed, three people would enter Roseann's life and change it forever. Since that day, he hasn't left her side, and today they are planning their life together. Perfect strangers is about recovery, and most of all, about choosing joy and human connection over anger and resentment, it's about an unlikely but enduring friendship that grew out of the tragedy of Boston's worst day.

. He climbed in and held her burned hand all the way to the hospital. Publicaffairs. Just then a giant appeared, in the form of Boston firefighter Mike Materia, who carefully lifted her into the fetid paddy wagon. He found roseann lying on the sidewalk and, using a belt as a tourniquet, literally saved her life that day.

Taking My Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination, and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing

Eighteen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, her left leg was amputated. Despite the extraordinary trauma she underwent and the nightmares she continues to have, a journey that has led her through abuse, Rebekah sees it as just another part of her personal journey, mistakes, and pain and into the arms of Jesus.

It is impossible to remain unmoved by Gregory's emotional, open memoir of surviving the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Readers will also find comfort in the message that it's not what they can or can't do that makes the difference, but rather what God, in his mercy, does through them despite it all. Revell.

This stirring memoir tells the story of her recovery, the bad, and explores the peace we experience when we learn to trust God with every part of our lives--the good, including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race, and even the terrifying. Readers will be moved by the joyous way Rebekah is determined to live her life, seeing every obstacle as part of how God forms us into the people we are meant to be.

When the blasts of terrorists' homemade bombs packed with nails and screws went off three feet away, Rebekah's legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. Life is hard, but with God all things are possible.

Left Standing: The Miraculous Story of How Mason Wells's Faith Survived the Boston, Paris, and Brussels Terror Attacks

Revell. How could a merciful father let evil prevail? why had Mason been saved? What did God want from him? This miraculous true story will change how you see your own struggles and teach you the true power of forgiveness, perseverance, and faith. After witnessing the devastation done by the Boston and Paris terror attacks and being critically injured in the Brussels bombing, emotional scars, Mason Wells was left with third-degree burns, and a shaken spirit.


Boston Strong: A City's Triumph over Tragedy

Veteran journalists casey sherman and dave Wedge have written the definitive inside look at the Boston Marathon bombings with a unique, Boston-based account of the events that riveted the world. If you’re only going to read one book on this tragic but uplifting story, this is it. With their extensive reporting, sherman and Wedge create the perfect match of story, writing experience, place, and deep ties to the Boston area, and authors.

Revell. More than a true-crime book, boston Strong also tells the tragic but ultimately life-affirming story of the victims and their recoveries and gives voice to those who lost loved ones. From the tsarnaev brothers’ years leading up to the act of terror to the bomb scene itself which both authors witnessed first-hand within minutes of the blast, from the terrifying police shootout with the suspects to the ultimate capture of the younger brother, Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph over Tragedy reports all the facts―and so much more.

. Based on months of intensive interviews, this is the first book to tell the entire story through the eyes of those who experienced it. From the cop first on the scene, to the detectives assigned to the manhunt, the authors provide a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation.

26 Marathons: What I Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from My Marathon Career

Equal parts inspiration and practical advice,  26 Marathons provides an inside look at the life and success of one of the greatest runners living today. Praise for 26 marathons“26 marathons is a swift read, guaranteed to be popular with student athletes plus hard-core and recreational runners, who will undoubtedly agree that Meb is an American treasure and running ambassador who never fails to inspire.

Booklist starred review“26 Marathons gives great insight about the ups and downs in marathon running and how to cope with them. He shows runners of all levels how to apply the lessons he's learned to their own running and lives. In 26 marathons, along every hill, and unexpected turn of events that made each marathon an exceptional learning experience,  Meb takes readers on those legendary races, bend, and a fascinating story.

26 marathons offers the wisdom meb has gleaned about life, and faith in addition to tips about running, family, training, identity, and nutrition. New york times bestseller • a world-class runner and four-time Olympian shares the life lessons he’s learned from each of the twenty-six marathons he’s run in his storied career.

An athlete whose wisdom and lessons aren’t just for runners. The washington postwhen meb keflezighi—the first person in history to win both the Boston and New York City marathons as well as an Olympic marathon medal—ran his final marathon in New York City on November 5, 2017, it marked the end of an extraordinary distance-running career.

Meb's last marathon was also his twenty-sixth, and each of those marathons has come with its own unique challenges, rewards, and outcomes. It’s pure gold!”—shalane flanagan,  2017 TCS NYC Marathon Champion Revell.

An Abundance of Katherines

Printz honor booklos angeles times book prize FinalistNew York Times BestsellerWhen it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. On a road trip miles from home, and an overweight, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, this anagram-happy, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines.

Colin is on a mission to prove the theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Puffin Books. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Revell. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

. From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our StarsMichael L. Nineteen times, to be exact.

Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

Puffin Books. Building a mind so strong would take years of effort and discipline, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of running—to American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon—and to the accomplishment of earning America’s first Olympic medal in the marathon in twenty years.

Let your mind run is a fascinating intimate look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge. New york times bestsellerdeena kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, when her competitive method—run as hard as possible, yet her career almost ended after college, for fear of losing—fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout.

On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. Revell. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking—shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient—could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible.


A Beautiful Work In Progress

Revell. She’s neither skinny nor white, and she’s here to show just how misguided these stereotypes can be. In this prejudice-busting, and a sharp sense of humor, body-positive memoir told with raw honesty, an adventurous spirit, Valerio takes readers along on her journey from first-time racer to ultramarathoner and proves that anyone can become a successful athlete.

Puffin Books. Runners’ vocabulary is full of acronyms like dns for “did not start” and dNF for “Did Not Finish, ” but when Mirna Valerio stepped up to the starting line, she needed a new one: DNQ for “Did Not Quit. Valerio has tied on her running shoes all across the country, from the dusty back roads of central New Jersey to the busy Route 222 corridor in Pennsylvania to the sweltering deserts of Arizona.

When you meet her on the trail, you might be surprised to see she doesn’t quite fit the typical image of a long-distance runner.

Running Is My Therapy: Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier

Revell. How? everyone knows that running builds stronger muscles and a healthier heart; science now shows it also helps develop a healthier brain. Running is my therapy is no longer just a mantra for seasoned runners; with science behind him, Douglas presents proven methods so that we can all use running to improve our mental health and live happier—in and out of running shoes.

. Longtime running writer scott douglas marshals expert advice especially his own, 000 miles of personal experience, cultivated from more than 110, and a growing body of scientific research to show how running can make us happier. For those struggling with depression and anxiety, antidepressants, a consistent running routine can enhance the mental-health benefits of talk therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Puffin Books. From a new york times–bestselling author and lifelong runner, a groundbreaking guide to fighting depression and anxiety one run at a time There’s no other book like this. The key to running’s therapeutic power lies in its lasting physiological effects, inducing changes in brain structure and chemistry that other forms of exercise don’t—including the best mood boost in all of sports, thanks to the body’s release of natural pain-relievers.


Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

Now jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue. When he gets the news that he’s better suited to being a service dog, he’s worried that he’s not up to the task.

Then he meets jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. And it turns out that rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. A 2019 schneider family book award winnerbased on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.

Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it’s the family business, after all. Puffin Books. Revell.

Once a Runner: A Novel

The undisputed classic of running novels and one of the most beloved sports books ever published, Once a Runner tells the story of an athlete’s dreams amid the turmoil of the 60s and the Vietnam war. Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the novel follows Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile.

After he becomes involved in an athletes’ protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team. Scribner Book Company. Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, bruce denton, cassidy gives up his scholarship, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life against the greatest miler in history.

. Puffin Books. Revell. He is less than a second away when the turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school’s athletic department. A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one individual’s quest to become a champion.