Hail Rail: 8 American Books To Read

1. American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S Military History

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared him so much they placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow U.S. warriors, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

2. The Care and Keeping of You (Revised): The Body Book for Younger Girls

If you’ve been starting to wonder what’s happening to your body, you’re not alone! Millions of girls ages eight to ten have felt just as you do now and have turned to this book for straightforward advice. This head-to-toe guide answers your questions. from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. With tips, how-tos, and facts from experts, it’s the perfect book to help you learn about your body’s changes. And once you understand what’s happening, you’ll be ready to move on to The Care and Keeping of You 2!

3. American Savages (Ruthless People series Book 3)

The final book in the Ruthless People series is here…

“Villains by Choice.”

Betrayed. Melody is nowhere to be found, Liam is in jail, and the Callahan family is cracking, just as Avian Doers, the FBI Director and puppet master behind their downfall, planned.

But just because they’re down doesn’t mean they’re out. To fight back, Liam and Melody will have to put everything on the line. The kid gloves are coming off, and no one is getting out alive. Nothing will compare to the reign of terror that is about to envelope the entire country. First they were Ruthless, now they are pure Savages. The end is here, and no one is safe…

4. The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls

This thoughtful advice book will guide girls through the next steps of growing up. Written by Dr. Cara Natterson for girls 10 and up, The Care & Keeping of You 2 follows up the original bestseller with even more-in-depth details about the physical and emotional changes girls are going through. With illustrations and expert contributors, this book covers new questions about periods, her growing body, peer pressure, personal care and more.

5. The Americans

Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future. He saw the hope of the future in the faces of a couple at city hall in Reno, Nevada, and the despair of the present in a grimy roofscape. He saw the roiling racial tension, glamour, and beauty, and, perhaps because Frank himself was on the road, he was particularly attuned to Americans’ love for cars. Funeral-goers lean against a shiny sedan, lovers kiss on a beach blanket in front of their parked car, young boys perch in the back seat at a drive-in movie. A sports car under a drop cloth is framed by two California palm trees; on the next page, a blanket is draped over a car accident victim’s body in Arizona.

6. Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Better Way

This book helps girls learn how to spot bullying and stand up and speak out against it. Quizzes, quotes from real girls, and “What would you do?” scenarios give readers lots of ideas for dealing with bullies, including clever comebacks and ways to ask adults for help. Includes an anti-bullying pledge for girls to sign, plus tear-out tips to share with their parents.

7. The Great American Slow Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Day and Every Size Machine

The ultimate in slow-cooker books–with 500 recipes, each adapted for three sizes of appliance. From breakfast to soups, mains to grains, vegetables to desserts, this guide is the only book you’ll ever need to master your slow cooker or crockpot.

Millions of people are turning to slow cookers for their weeknight meals yet often can’t find recipes that match their exact machine. Adapting recipes meant for a different-size cooker doesn’t work–getting the right level of spice in your Vietnamese soup or keeping pulled pork tender requires having ingredients in the right proportion. But now, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have decoded slow cookers, and each of their recipes includes ingredient proportions for 2-3 quart, 4-5 quart, and 6-8 quart machines, guaranteeing a perfect fit no matter what machine you own. Each recipe is labeled for its level of difficulty and nutritional value, and they cover every kind of dish imaginable: delicious breakfast oatmeals, slow-braised meats, succulent vegetables, sweet jams and savory sauces, decadent desserts. This is the slow cooker book to end them all.

7. The Feelings Book (Revised): The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions

This invaluable companion to The Care & Keeping of You received its own fresh update! The Feelings Book helps girls understand their emotions and deal with them in positive ways. Girls will learn how to express their feelings and stay in control, plus get sensitive advice on handling fear, anxiety, jealousy and grief. They’ll discover how to stay in the driver’s seat of their own emotions.

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