New Release Books by Alex Perry

Alex Perry is the author of Pighearted (2021), Minivan Mogul (2020), The Good Mothers (2018), The Rift (2015), Lifeblood (2011) and other 4 books.

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Pighearted

release date: Oct 26, 2021
Pighearted
Charlotte's Web meets My Sister's Keeper in this charming story told from the alternating perspectives of a boy with a fatal heart condition and the pig with the heart that could save his life. ​Jeremiah’s heart skips a beat before his first soccer game, but it’s not nerves. It’s the first sign of a heart attack. He knows he needs to go to the hospital, but he’s determined to score a goal. Charging after the ball, he refuses to stop…even if his heart does. J6 is a pig and the only one of his five brothers who survived the research lab. Though he's never left his cell, he thinks of himself as a therapy pig, a scholar, and a bodyguard. But when the lab sends him to live with Jeremiah's family, there’s one new title he’s desperate to have: brother. At first, Jeremiah thinks his parents took in J6 to cheer him up. But before long, he begins to suspect there's more to his new curly-tailed companion than meets the eye. When the truth is revealed, Jeremiah and J6 must protect each other at all costs—even if their lives depend on it.

Minivan Mogul

release date: Jun 16, 2020
Minivan Mogul
Trying to be confident in today's world is tough. Brutal, actually. When was the last time you got on social media and thought, "Man, that really helped me feel better about myself?" Give me a break! Sound familiar? Then hop in; we're going for a ride. OK, so you've got some confidence issues. Of course you do! Who doesn't these days? In a world where women are constantly bombarded by unrealistic beauty standards, "Sunday best" glimpses into the lives of others via social media, and TEDx talks on how to give perfect TEDx talks, where does an Average Jane fit in? Meet Alex Perry: successful entrepreneur; speech language pathologist; TEDx speaker; and one proud, minivan-driving mom from the Midwest. Having started her business from the ground up and navigated around road blocks, potholes, and traffic jams, she understands what it's like to struggle with confidence, especially when it feels like the road ahead is always bumpy. Through her honest and delightfully-awkward personal anecdotes, Alex encourages women to apply the brakes when confronted with confidence dead ends--pointless comparisons, insincerity, and stubborn independence, oh my!--and instead steer toward authenticity, support, and determination. Her witty, insightful, and caring guide will empower you to cruise through life's twists and turns with more joy, more peace, and the kind of success that is only found through true confidence. Now grab yourself a cold drink, climb in, and hold on tight*; it's time for your crash course. (*Seriously ... hold on tight, bring some extra Cheetos, and please don't make Alex parallel park.)

The Good Mothers

release date: Jun 05, 2018
The Good Mothers
Nominated for a 2019 Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime Named a CrimeReads best Nonfiction Crime Book of 2018 The electrifying, untold story of the women born into the most deadly and obscenely wealthy of the Italian mafias – and how they risked everything to bring it down. The Calabrian Mafia—known as the ’Ndrangheta—is one of the richest and most ruthless crime syndicates in the world, with branches stretching from America to Australia. It controls seventy percent of the cocaine and heroin supply in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets, brokers illegal arms deals—supplying weapons to criminals and terrorists—and plunders the treasuries of both Italy and the European Union. The ’Ndrangheta’s power derives from a macho mix of violence and silence—omertà. Yet it endures because of family ties: you are born into the syndicate, or you marry in. Loyalty is absolute. Bloodshed is revered. You go to prison or your grave and kill your own father, brother, sister, or mother in cold blood before you betray The Family. Accompanying the ’Ndrangheta’s reverence for tradition and history is a violent misogyny among its men. Women are viewed as chattel, bargaining chips for building and maintaining clan alliances and beatings—and worse—are routine. In 2009, after one abused ’Ndrangheta wife was murdered for turning state’s evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti considered a tantalizing possibility: that the ’Ndrangheta’s sexism might be its greatest flaw—and her most effective weapon. Approaching two more mafia wives, Alessandra persuaded them to testify in return for a new future for themselves and their children. A feminist saga of true crime and justice, The Good Mothers is the riveting story of a high-stakes battle pitting a brilliant, driven woman fighting to save a nation against ruthless mafiosi fighting for their existence. Caught in the middle are three women fighting for their children and their lives. Not all will survive.

The Rift

release date: Nov 17, 2015
The Rift
A vivid, powerful, and controversial look at how the world gets Africa wrong, and how a resurgent Africa is forcing it to think again. Africa has long been misunderstood -- and abused -- by outsiders. Correspondent Alex Perry traveled the continent for most of a decade, meeting with entrepreneurs and warlords, professors and cocaine smugglers, presidents and jihadis. Beginning with a devastating investigation into a largely unreported war crime-in 2011, when the US and the major aid agencies helped cause a famine in which 250,000 Somalis died-he finds Africa at a moment of furious self-assertion. To finally win their freedom, Africans must confront three last false prophets-Islamists, dictators and aid workers-who would keep them in their bonds. Beautifully written, intimately reported, and sure to spark debate, The Rift passionately argues that a changing Africa revolutionizes our ideas of it, and of ourselves.

Lifeblood

release date: Sep 06, 2011
Lifeblood
In 2006, the Wall Street pioneer and philanthropist Ray Chambers flicked through some holiday snapshots taken by his friend, development economist Jeff Sachs, and remarked on the placid beauty of a group of sleeping Malawian children. “They're not sleeping,” Sachs told him. “They're in malarial comas. A few days later, they were all dead.” Chambers had long avoided the public eye, but this moment sparked his determination to coordinate an unprecedented, worldwide effort to eradicate a disease that has haunted humanity since before the advent of medicine. Award-winning journalist Alex Perry obtained unique access to Chambers, now the UN Special Envoy for Malaria. In this book, Perry weaves together science and history with on-the-ground reporting and a riveting exposé of the workings of humanitarian aid to document Chambers' campaign. By replacing traditional ideas of assistance with business acumen and hustle, Chambers saved millions of lives, and upturned current notions of aid, forging a new path not just for the developing world but for global business and philanthropy.

Falling off the Edge

release date: Jul 07, 2010
Falling off the Edge
If the world is flat, as Thomas Friedman says, then aren't some people going to be falling off the edge? Award-winning Time Magazine correspondent Alex Perry (China, India, and Africa) takes us on an unforgettable journey to some of the planet's most remote and dangerous places to explore the sharp end of globalization. Combining sharp analysis with breathtaking frontline reporting, Perry's quest takes readers from Maoist rebels in Nepal to Indian suicide bombers and Indonesian pirates. We meet Chinese organ harvesters, Bombay billionaires, killer cops and pygmy Africans living on a remote island in the Indian Ocean. And in a riveting introduction, Perry presents us with some of the finest war reporting ever to come out of the war on terror. The result of this extraordinary journey is as unexpected as it is dramatic. In his quest to uncover the edges of globalization, Perry ends up discovering its dark heart.

The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on The World's Most Powerful Mafia

release date: Feb 08, 2018
The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on The World's Most Powerful Mafia
You are born into it or marry in. Loyalty is absolute, bloodshed revered and you kill or go to your grave before betraying The Family. This code of omertà is how the 'Ndrangheta became the world’s most powerful mafia. The Good Mothers is the story of the women who broke the silence.

EDGAR ALLAN POE - SELECTED WORKS

EDGAR ALLAN POE - SELECTED WORKS
Contents - Sixty-seven tales; one complete novel and thirty-one poems.

The Hunt For Boko Haram

release date: Jan 01, 2014
The Hunt For Boko Haram
Award-winning journalist Alex Perry writes extensively on African politics and has covered conflicts across the continent. In this book he reveals the context to the Chibok kidnappings, showing how they fit into a wider pattern of brutality specifically intended to bring Nigeria to its knees. To know how to respond, and save the implosion of Africa's wealthiest and fast-growing country, other nations must understand the history and legacy of corruption that has brought a 100-year-old nation to the point of an anarchic self-destruction.
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