New Biographies

Breaking free : how I escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult, and my father, Warren Jeffs

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by Jeffs, Rachel,
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
viii, 285 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number B JEFFS

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:52
by Dallek, Robert,
Publisher Viking, [2017]
x, 692 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number 973.917 DAL
Summary "A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and dealmaker. In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus-maker. While Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life will take a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers--how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country's economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country's foreign relations?--the focus of his book is on Roosevelt as a man dedicated to public affairs, a master politician who skillfully and cannily used the presidency to advance a remarkable national agenda"--Provided by publisher.

Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:52
by Fraser, Caroline,
Publisher Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
First edition.
xii, 625 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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Call Number B WILDER
Summary A comprehensive historical portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries and official records to fill in the gaps in Wilder's official story, sharing details about her pioneer experiences.

Defiance : the extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:50
by Taylor, Stephen, 1948-
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.
First American edition.
x, 388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Call Number B BARNARD

Nevertheless : a memoir

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:49
by Baldwin, Alec, 1958-
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
x, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number B BALDWIN
Summary Over the past three decades, Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. From his work in popular movies, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cooler, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed to his role as Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey's irreverent series 30 Rock, for which he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, and as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he's both a household name and a deeply respected actor.

A man and his presidents : the political odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:43
by Felzenberg, Alvin S.
Publisher Yale University Press, [2017] ©2017
xviii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number 070.92 FEL
Summary "William F. Buckley Jr. is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era. In this nuanced biography, Alvin Felzenberg sheds light on little-known aspects of Buckley's career, including his role as back-channel adviser to policy makers, his intimate friendship with both Ronald and Nancy Reagan, his changing views on civil rights, and his break with George W. Bush over the Iraq War. Felzenberg demonstrates how Buckley conveyed his message across multiple platforms and drew upon his vast network of contacts, his personal charm, his extraordinary wit, and his celebrity status to move the center of political gravity in the United States closer to his point of view. Including many rarely seen photographs, this account of one of the most compelling personalities of American politics will appeal to conservatives, liberals, and even the apolitical."--Provided by publisher.

Patrick Henry : champion of liberty

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:43
by Kukla, Jon, 1948-
Publisher Simon and Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
xiv, 541 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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Call Number 973.3092 KUK
Summary "An authoritative biography of founding father Patrick Henry that restores him to his important place in our history and explains the formative influence on his thought and character of Virginia, where he lived all his life."--Provided by publisher.

So much things to say : the oral history of Bob Marley

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:43
by Steffens, Roger,
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2017]
First edition.
xxvii, 434 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number 782.421646092 STE
Summary Draws on forty years of intimate interviews with band members, family, lovers, and confidants, many speaking publicly for the first time, to offer an oral history depicting the reggae icon's life.

Patient H69 : the story of my second sight

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 07:38
by Potter, Vanessa,
Publisher Bloomsbury Sigma, 2017.
288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 22 cm
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Call Number B POTTER
Summary "In 2012, Vanessa Potter, a married advertising film producer with two young children, was stricken by Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD), a rare illness that resulted in sudden blindness and paralysis. She was hospitalized for two weeks. Over the next five months at home, she regained mobility but recovering her sight was more problematic. At first what she saw was monochromatic. As color reappeared, she encountered synesthesia (experiencing odd responses to stimuli, such as hearing inanimate objects talk to her). While a multidisciplinary team of neurobiologists, psychologists, immunologists, and developmental biologists treated her, she blogged and kept audio-diaries, using the pen-name Patient H69. In her own words, Potter reveals the terror and torment of her blindness. Supported by neuroscientists and Britain's National Health Service, Potter became a science sleuth, uncovering some of the innermost functions of the brain and our complex visual system, while learning meditation and self-hypnosis to help herself endure the ordeal and make a miraculous recovery."--Publisher's website.

Richard Nixon : the life

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:25
by Farrell, John A. (John Aloysius),
Publisher Doubleday, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
737 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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Call Number B NIXON
Summary "At the end of World War II, navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returned from the Pacific and set his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now-legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. The story of that transformation is the stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial biography of the president who came to embody postwar American resentment and division. Within four years of his first victory, Nixon was a U.S. senator; in six, the vice president of the United States of America. "Few came so far, so fast, and so alone," Farrell writes. Nixon's sins as a candidate were legion; and in one unlawful secret plot, as Farrell reveals here, Nixon acted to prolong the Vietnam War for his own political purposes. Finally elected president in 1969, Nixon packed his staff with bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, welfare, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. He was elected to end the war in Vietnam, but his bombing of Cambodia and Laos enraged the antiwar movement. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who played white against black with a "southern strategy," and who spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. Ever insecure and increasingly paranoid, he persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances--and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal of Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. This is a gripping and unsparing portrayal of our darkest president. Meticulously researched, brilliantly crafted, and offering fresh revelations, it will be hailed as a masterwork"--Jacket.

Lioness : Golda Meir and the nation of Israel

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:23
by Klagsbrun, Francine,
Publisher Schocken Books, [2017]
First edition.
xix, 824 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number B MEIR
Summary "The definitive biography of Golda Meir: the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel and one of the most notable women of our time"--

President McKinley : architect of the American century

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 04:11
by Merry, Robert W., 1946-
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
x, 608 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number XX(1625796.4)
Summary "In this great American story, acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination. He portrays McKinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the stamp he put on the country's future role in the world. Republican President William McKinley in his two terms as president (1897 - 1901) transformed America. He established the US as an imperial power. Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians' rankings, in this revealing account, Robert W. Merry unfolds the mystery of how this bland man managed so much powerful change. McKinley settled decades of monetary controversy by taking the country to a strict gold standard; in the Spanish-American war he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean and liberated Cuba from Spain; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he developed the doctrine of "fair trade"; forced the "Open Door" to China; forged our "special relationship" with Great Britain. In short, he established the non-colonial imperialism that took America into global preeminence. He expanded executive power and managed public opinion through his quiet manipulation of the press. McKinley paved the way for the bold and flamboyant leadership of his famous successor, Teddy Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments (and got credit for them). Merry writes movingly about McKinley's admirable personal life, from his simple Midwestern upbringing to his Civil War heroism to his brave comportment just moments before his death by assassination (it was only six months into his second term when he was shot). Lively, definitive, and eye-opening, President McKinley resurrects this overlooked president and places him squarely on the list of one of the most important"--

Sinatra : the chairman

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:03
by Kaplan, James, 1951-
Publisher Doubleday, [2015] ©2015
First edition.
979 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number B SINATRA
Summary Presents a behind-the-scenes examination of the life and career of the legendary performer that offers insight into his prolific accomplishments, multidimensional character, and complex relationships.

Uncovered : how I left Hasidic life and finally came home : a memoir

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:03
by Lax, Leah,
Publisher She Writes Press, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm
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Call Number B LAX
Summary In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells her story--beginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she's known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom. In understated, crystalline prose, Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and motherhood during her years with the Hasidim, and explores how her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings simmer beneath the surface throughout her time there. The first memoir to tell of a gay woman who spent years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Lax's journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs.

1637 : The Volga Rules

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:55
by Flint, Eric/ Goodlett, Paula/ Huff, Gorg
Publisher Pocket Books 2018
416 p. ;
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Call Number XX(1644365.1)

A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics : Everything You Need to Know to Make 20 Essential Garments

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:55
by Ward, Wendy
Publisher Ryland Peters & Small 2018
128 p. ;
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Call Number XX(1649230.1)

A Dangerous Game

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:55
by Graham, Heather
Publisher Harlequin Books 2018
336 p. ;
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Call Number XX(1649245.1)

A death in Live Oak

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:55
by Grippando, James, 1958-
Publisher Harper, 2018.
First edition.
pages cm.
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Call Number XX(1644387.1)

A Gruesome Discovery

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:55
by Harrison, Cora
Publisher Severn House Pub Ltd 2018
256 p. ;
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Call Number XX(1649259.1)

A long way from home : a novel

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 03:55
by Carey, Peter, 1943-
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
First American edition.
pages ; cm
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Call Number XX(1644422.1)
Summary "The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country-continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed school teacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you some place else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s, this a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece"--

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