New Biographies

Hoover : an extraordinary life in extraordinary times

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:57
by Whyte, Kenneth,
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First edition.
xvii, 728 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number B HOOVER
Summary "The definitive biography of Herbert Hoover, one of the most remarkable and least understood Americans of the twentieth century--a wholly original account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, and his battle against the Great Depression. An impoverished orphan who built a fortune. A great humanitarian. A president elected in a landslide and then resoundingly defeated four years later. Arguably the father of both New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism, Herbert Hoover lived one of the most extraordinary American lives of the twentieth century. Yet however astonishing, his accomplishments are often eclipsed by the perception that Hoover was inept and heartless in the face of the Great Depression. Now, Kenneth Whyte vividly re-creates Hoover's rich and dramatic life in all its complex glory. He follows Hoover through his Iowa boyhood, his cutthroat business career, his brilliant rescue of millions of lives during World War I and the 1927 Mississippi floods, his misconstrued presidency, his defeat at the hands of Franklin Roosevelt, his devastating years in the political wilderness, his return to grace as Truman's emissary to help European refugees after World War II, and his final vindication in the days of Kennedy's 'New Frontier.' Ultimately, Whyte brings to light Hoover's complexities and contradictions--his modesty and ambition, his ruthlessness and extreme generosity--as well as his profound political legacy. [This] is the epic, poignant story of the deprived boy who, through force of will, made himself the most accomplished figure in the land, and who experienced a range of achievements and failures unmatched by many Americans of his, or perhaps any, era. Here, for the first time, is the definitive biography that fully captures the colossal scale of Hoover's momentous life and volatile times."--Jacket.

Martin Luther : the man who rediscovered God and changed the world

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:57
by Metaxas, Eric
Publisher Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017] ©2017
xiii, 480 pages, 16 unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm
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Call Number B LUTHER
Summary "On All Hallow's Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther's now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas...paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future...Luther's monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life."--Container.

Schlesinger : the imperial historian

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:57
by Aldous, Richard,
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
First edition.
viii, 486 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number B SCHLESINGER

Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 11:49
by Izzard, Eddie,
Publisher Blue Rider Press, [2017]
348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number B IZZARD
Summary "Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows which have won over audiences around the world"--

You don't have to say you love me : a memoir

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 11:49
by Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
457 pages ; 25 cm
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Call Number 818.54 ALE
Summary When his mother passed away at the age of seventy-eight, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. Featuring seventy-eight poems and seventy-eight essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine--growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

Charles Darwin : Victorian mythmaker

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 17:40
by Wilson, A. N., 1950-
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First U.S. edition.
438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number B DARWIN
Summary A radical reappraisal of Darwin argues that the evolution pioneer was less of an original scientific intellect than a ruthless self-promoter who did not give credit to the actual sages whose ideas he advanced in his history-shaping book.

Jackie, Janet & Lee : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 17:40
by Taraborrelli, J. Randy,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2018.
First edition.
514 pages : illustrations, 8 pages of plates ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number B AUCHINCLOSS

Grant

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 23:33
by Chernow, Ron
Publisher Penguin Press, 2017.
xxiii, 1074 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Call Number B GRANT
Summary "Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most complicated generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments. A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency"--

Raising Trump

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:21
by Trump, Ivana,
Publisher Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017.
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
viii, 293 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number B TRUMP
Summary The former wife of Donald Trump reflects on her life, from her childhood in communist Czechoslovakia and successes as a businesswoman to her views on motherhood and the ways her ex-husband's election has changed their children's lives.

Logical family : a memoir

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:19
by Maupin, Armistead
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number 813.54 MAU
Summary In this long-awaited memoir, the beloved author of the bestselling Tales of the City series chronicles his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to ground-breaking writer and gay rights pioneer. Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man "on the very spot where the first shots of the Civil War were fired." Realizing that the South was too small for him, this son of a traditional lawyer packed his earthly belongings into his Opel GT (including a beloved portrait of a Confederate ancestor), and took to the road in search of adventure. It was a journey that would lead him from a homoerotic Navy initiation ceremony in the jungles of Vietnam to that strangest of strange lands: San Francisco in the early 1970s. Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his "logical family," the people he could call his own. "Sooner or later, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us," he writes. "We have to, if we are to live without squandering our lives." From his loving relationship with his palm-reading Grannie who insisted Maupin was the reincarnation of her artistic bachelor cousin, Curtis, to an awkward conversation about girls with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, Maupin tells of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century. Maupin recalls his losses and life-changing experiences with humor and unflinching honesty, and brings to life flesh-and-blood characters as endearing and unforgettable as the vivid, fraught men and women who populate his enchanting novels. What emerges is an illuminating portrait of the man who depicted the liberation and evolution of America's queer community over the last four decades with honesty and compassion--and inspired millions to claim their own lives. Logical Family includes black-and-white photographs.

Standing strong

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:18
by Giudice, Teresa, 1972-
Publisher Gallery Books, 2017.
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
xix, 218 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
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Call Number B GIUDICE

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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"--

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