New Biographies

Ali : a life

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:04
by Eig, Jonathan,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xv, 623 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number B ALI
Summary "Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a thrilling story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century"--

Bunny Mellon : the life of an American style legend

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:55
by Gordon, Meryl,
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017. ©2017
First Edition.
ix, 516 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number B MELLON
Summary "A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original"--

Man of the hour : James B. Conant, warrior scientist

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Conant, Jennet
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
x, 587 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number 370.92 CON
Summary "The remarkable life of one of the most influential men of the greatest generation, James B. Conant--a savvy architect of the nuclear age and the Cold War--told by his granddaughter, New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant. James Bryant Conant was a towering figure. He was at the center of the mammoth threats and challenges of the twentieth century. As a young eminent chemist, he supervised the production of poison gas in WWI. As a controversial president of Harvard University, he was a champion of meritocracy and open admissions. As an advisor to FDR, he led the interventionist cause for US entrance in WWII. During that war, Conant was the administrative director of the Manhattan Project, oversaw the development of the atomic bomb and argued that it be used against the industrial city of Hiroshima in Japan. Later, he urged the Atomic Energy Commission to reject the hydrogen bomb, and devoted the rest of his life to campaigning for international control of atomic weapons. As Eisenhower's high commissioner to Germany, he helped to plan German recovery and was an architect of the United States' Cold War policy. Now New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant recreates the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century as her grandfather James experienced them. She describes the guilt, fears, and sometimes regret of those who invented and deployed the bombs and the personal toll it took. From the White House to Los Alamos to Harvard University, Man of the Hour is based on hundreds of documents and diaries, interviews with Manhattan Projects scientists, Harvard colleagues, and Conant's friends and family, including her father, James B. Conant's son. This is a very intimate, up-close look at some of the most argued cases of modern times--among them the use of chemical weapons, the decision to drop the bomb, Oppenheimer's fate, the politics of post-war Germany and the Cold War--the repercussions of which are still affecting our world today"-- "The remarkable life of one of the most influential men of the greatest generation, James B. Conant--a savvy architect of the nuclear age and the Cold War--told by his granddaughter, New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant. James Bryant Conant was a towering figure. He was at the center of the mammoth threats and challenges of the twentieth century. As a young eminent chemist, he supervised the production of poison gas in WWI. As a controversial president of Harvard University, he was a champion of meritocracy and open admissions. As an advisor to FDR, he led the interventionist cause for US entrance in WWII. During that war, Conant was the administrative director of the Manhattan Project, oversaw the development of the atomic bomb and argued that it be used against the industrial city of Hiroshima in Japan. Later, he urged the Atomic Energy Commission to reject the hydrogen bomb, and devoted the rest of his life to campaigning for international control of atomic weapons. Now New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant recreates the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century as her grandfather James experienced them. She describes the guilt, fears, and sometimes regret of those who invented and deployed the bombs and the personal toll it took. From the White House to Los Alamos to Harvard University, Man of the Hour is based on hundreds of documents and diaries, interviews with Manhattan Projects scientists, Harvard colleagues, and Conant's friends and family, including her father, James B. Conant's son. This is a very intimate, up-close look at some of the most argued cases of modern times, the repercussions of which are still affecting our world today"--

The choice : embrace the possible

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Eger, Edith Eva,
Publisher Scribner, 2017. ©2017
First Scribner hardcover edition.
xiii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number 940.5318 EGE
Summary "A powerful, moving memoir--and a practical guide to healing--written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds. Edith Eger was sixteen years old when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an internment center and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Mengele soon after they arrived at the camp. Hours later Mengele demanded that Edie dance a waltz to 'The Blue Danube' and rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners. These women later helped save Edie's life. Edie and her sister survived Auschwitz, were transferred to the Mauthausen and Gunskirchen camps in Austria, and managed to live until the American troops liberated the camps in 1945 and found Edie in a pile of dying bodies. One of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps, Edie has chosen to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. Years after she was liberated from the concentration camps Edie went back to college to study psychology. She combines her clinical knowledge and her own experiences with trauma to help others who have experienced painful events large and small. Dr. Eger has counseled veterans suffering from PTSD, women who were abused, and many others who learned that they too, can choose to forgive, find resilience, and move forward. She lectures frequently on the power of love and healing. The Choice weaves Eger's personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance. Eger's story is an inspiration for everyone. And her message is powerful and important: 'Your pain matters and is worth healing: you can choose to be joyful and free.' She is eighty-nine years old and still dancing"--

The Kardashians : an American drama

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by Oppenheimer, Jerry
Publisher St. Martin's Press, [2017] ©2017
xxii, 313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number 791.45028 OPP
Summary "A blockbuster unauthorized biography of one of the most famous and ubiquitous family dynasties in contemporary culture. Secrets and scandals of the Kardashians, so closely held that not even hard core fans have heard about them, are finally exposed in ... author Jerry Oppenheimer's forensic dissection of the infamous reality TV clan. From the curious life of patriarch Robert Kardashian, whose family meatpacking business was tainted by scandal, to 'momager' Kris Jenner's top-secret plan for the future, The Kardashians reveals the untold, definitive story based on two years of investigative reporting and scores of candid, on-the-record interviews, ranging from childhood friends to powerful business associates, who break their silence for the first time. In the decade since the Kardashians first appeared on the scene, millions of speculative words have been written about their drama-filled lives. But most has been tabloid hype and gossip column fantasy. Until now. Oppenheimer has written revelatory books on such international icons as the Clintons, the Kennedys, the Hiltons and more, and now comes The Kardashians, the true story that will make headlines and shock even the most loyal fans."--Jacket.

The world of Laura Ingalls Wilder : the frontier landscapes that inspired the Little House books

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:54
by McDowell, Marta,
Publisher Timber Press, 2017.
First edition.
396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number 813.52 WIL
Summary "This lushly illustrated book from bestselling author Marta McDowell examines Laura Ingalls Wilder's relationship to the landscape and illuminates how it inspired the beloved Little House Books" --

Einstein's greatest mistake : a biography

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:45
by Bodanis, David,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. ©2016
xiv, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number B EINSTEIN
Summary A portrait of Albert Einstein shares critical insights into both the genius and hubris of modern physics, linking Einstein's popular downfall through the final decades of his life to the same imagination and self-confidence that ignited his early successes.

Thanks, Obama : my hopey changey White House years

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:27
by Litt, David, 1986-
Publisher Ecco, [2017]
First edition
310 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number 973.932 LIT
Summary "A different kind of White House memoir, presidential speechwriter David Litt's comic account of his years spent working with Barack Obama and his reflection on Obama's legacy in the age of Trump. Like many twentysomethings, David Litt frequently embarrassed himself in front of his boss's boss. Unlike many twentysomethings, Litt's boss's boss was President Obama. At age twenty-four, Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Along with remarks on issues like climate change and criminal justice reform, he was the president's go-to writer for comedy. As the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner speech (the "State of the Union of jokes"), he was responsible for some of President Obama's most memorable moments, including Keegan-Michael Key's appearance as Luther, Obama's "anger translator." With a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student--a self-described "Obamabot"--to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer questions you never knew you had: What's the classiest White House men's room? What's the social scene like on Air Force One? How do you force the National Security Council to stop hitting reply-all on every e-mail? In between lighthearted observations, Litt uses his experience to address one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Donald Trump"--

The last black unicorn

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 04:25
by Haddish, Tiffany, 1979-
Publisher Gallery Books, 2017. ©2017
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
278 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number XX(1652982.4)
Summary "From stand-up comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish comes The Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, edgy, and heart-wrenching collection of autobiographical essays that will leave you laughing through tears. Tiffany Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles. Her mother wound up with a debilitating brain injury after surviving a car accident. Tiffany never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system, and certainly not the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive. After a multitude of jobs, she finally realized that she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. Tiffany faced the 'routine' hindrances of climbing the entertainment business ladder--but had the added obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way. But she got there. She's humble, grateful, down to earth, and funny as hell. She still cleans the toilet the way she was shown by a foster mom who worked as a maid, and she still rolls her joints the way one of her foster dads taught her. Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays--it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter"--

8 seconds of courage : a soldier's story from immigrant to the Medal of Honor

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Groberg, Florent, 1983-
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ix, 191 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number BIO GROBERG, FLORENT

Admissions : life as a brain surgeon

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Marsh, Henry, 1950-
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
xvi, 271 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number BIO MARSH, HENRY
Summary Traces the author's post-retirement work as a surgeon and teacher in such remote areas as Nepal and Ukraine, illuminating the challenges of working in difficult regions and finding purposeful work after a career.

Alone : lost overboard in the Indian Ocean

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Archibald, Brett,
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017. ©2016
First U.S. edition.
xxiv, 357 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number BIO ARCHIBALD, BRETT
Summary "In April 2013, fifty-year-old Brett Archibald set off with his friends on a dream surf charter trip off the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. It quickly became a nightmare: in the middle of a storm, suffering from severe food poisoning, Brett leaned overboard--and blacked out. He awoke in the raging sea. No one had seen him fall, and no one heard his shouts for help. He watched his boat sail away. It would be eight hours before his friends realized he was missing. A frantic search then began for the lone man somewhere in thousands of square miles of heaving waves. The turbulent weather protected Brett from the scorching sun, but also prevented planes or helicopters from assisting in the search. As hours passed, some wondered whether they were searching for a man or a corpse. A key few, however, never doubted that Brett would survive. This is the remarkable story of Brett's battle against the elements, creatures from jellyfish to sharks, and his own inner demons, and the simultaneous struggle to find him waged by an international community. Against extraordinary odds, the power of the human spirit would prevail"--Dust jacket flap.

Autumn

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Knausgård, Karl Ove, 1968-
Publisher Penguin Press, 2017.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number 839.823 KNA
Summary The first entry in a planned four-part autobiographical series presents sensory letters written to the author's unborn daughter that describe his childhood and daily life with his wife and older children in rural Sweden.

Becoming Hitler : the making of a Nazi

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Weber, Thomas, 1974-
Publisher Basic Books, 2017.
First edition.
xxiii, 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number B Hitler, Adolf
Summary Examines Hitler's years in Munich after World War I and his radical transformation from a directionless loner into the leader of Munich's right-wing movement.

Courage is contagious : and other reasons to be grateful for Michelle Obama

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Haramis, Nicholas,
Publisher Lenny, [2017]
First edition.
xxiii, 102 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Books
Call Number BIO OBAMA, MICHELLE

Dare not linger : the presidential years

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013,
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. ©2017
First American edition.
xix, 358 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number BIO MANDELA, NELSON
Summary "In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality."--Dust jacket flap.

Gold dust woman : the biography of Stevie Nicks

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Davis, Stephen, 1947-
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
xviii, 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number B NICKS
Summary An in-depth portrait of the classic-rock artist covers her role in the stardom of Fleetwood Mac, the affairs that inspired her greatest songs, her struggles with addiction, and her successful solo career--From publisher Stevie Nicks is a legend of rock, and her work and life are equally sexy and interesting. Davis delves deeply into each, unearthing fresh details about how Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were asked to join Fleetwood Mac... and how they turned the band into stars. You'll discover the affairs that informed Nicks' greatest songs, her relationships with the Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh, and with Fleetwood himself, as well as her dependency on cocaine, drinking, pot, and Klonopin. Davis also examines Nicks' successful solo career that has her still performing in venues like Madison Square Garden.

Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Sebestyen, Victor, 1956-
Publisher Pantheon Books, [2017]
First United States edition.
xix, 569 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number B Lenin, Vladimir
Summary "Since the birth of Soviet Russia, Vladimir Lenin has been viewed as a controversial figure, revered and reviled for his rigid political ideals. He continues to fascinate as a man who made history, and created the first Communist state, a model that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world. Drawing on new research, including the diaries, memoirs, and personal letters of both Lenin and his friends, Victor Sebestyen's biography--the first in English in nearly two decades--is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century, but a portrait of Lenin the man. Lenin was someone who loved nature, hunting, fishing and could identify hundreds of species of plants, a despotic ruler whose closest ties and friendships were with women. The long-suppressed story of the complex love triangle Lenin had with his wife, and his mistress and comrade, reveals a different character to the coldly one-dimensional figure of the legend. Sebestyen also reveals Lenin as a ruthless and single-minded despot and a 'product of his time and place: a violent, tyrannical and corrupt Russia.' He seized power in a coup, promised a revolution, a socialist utopia for the people, offered simple solutions to complex issues and constantly lied; in fact, what he created was more 'a mirror image of the Romanov autocracy.' He authorized the deaths of thousands of people, and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for the greater ideal. One of his old comrades who had once admired him said he 'desired the good ... but created evil.' And that would include his invention of Stalin, who would take Lenin's system of the gulag and the secret police to new heights"--

Stalin. [Volume 2], Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Kotkin, Stephen,
Publisher Penguin Press, 2017. ©2017
xvii, 1154 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number B STALIN
Summary In 1929, Joseph Stalin, having already achieved dictatorial power over the vast Soviet Empire, formally ordered the systematic conversion of the world's largest peasant economy into "socialist modernity," otherwise known as collectivization, regardless of the cost. What it cost, and what Stalin ruthlessly enacted, transformed the country and its ruler in profound and enduring ways. Building and running a dictatorship, with life and death power over hundreds of millions, made Stalin into the uncanny figure he became. Stephen Kotkin's Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. The wholesale collectivization of some 120 million peasants necessitated levels of coercion that were extreme even for Russia, and the resulting mass starvation elicited criticism inside the party even from those Communists committed to the eradication of capitalism. But Stalin did not flinch. By 1934, when the Soviet Union had stabilized and socialism had been implanted in the countryside, praise for his stunning anti-capitalist success came from all quarters. Stalin, however, never forgave and never forgot, with shocking consequences as he strove to consolidate the state with a brand new elite of young strivers like himself. Stalin's obsessions drove him to execute nearly a million people, including the military leadership, diplomatic and intelligence officials, and innumerable leading lights in culture. While Stalin revived a great power, building a formidable industrialized military, the Soviet Union was effectively alone and surrounded by perceived enemies. The quest for security would bring Soviet Communism to a shocking and improbable pact with Nazi Germany. But that bargain would not unfold as envisioned. The lives of Stalin and Hitler, and the fates of their respective dictatorships, drew ever closer to collision, as the world hung in the balance. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is a history of the world during the build-up to its most fateful hour, from the vantage point of Stalin's seat of power. It is a landmark achievement in the annals of historical scholarship, and in the art of biography.

The autobiography of Gucci Mane

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Gucci Mane, 1980-
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
xv, 286 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number B GUCCI MANE
Summary Rapper Gucci Mane takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, the trap house, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past -- the murder charge, years behind bars, addiction, career highs and lows -- the making of the Trap God. It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music. -- Adapted from book jacket.

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