New Biographies

You can stay in control : wild or calm? : you choose the ending

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:08
by Miller, Connie Colwell
Publisher Amicus Educational 2018
23 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 24 cm
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Call Number XX(1651947.1)

You don't own me : how Mattel v. MGA Entertainment exposed Barbie's dark side

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:08
by Lobel, Orly,
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
First edition.
xxi, 282 pages ; 25 cm
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Call Number 346.0482 LOB
Summary "The battle between Mattel, the makers of the iconic Barbie doll, and MGA, the company that created the Bratz dolls, was not just a war over best-selling toys, but a war over who owns ideas. When Carter Bryant began designing what would become the billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls, he was taking time off from his job at Mattel, where he designed outfits for Barbie. Later, back at Mattel, he sold his concept for Bratz to rival company MGA. Law professor Orly Lobel reveals the colorful story behind the ensuing decade-long court battle. This entertaining and provocative work pits audacious MGA against behemoth Mattel, shows how an idea turns into a product, and explores the two different versions of womanhood, represented by traditional all-American Barbie and her defiant, anti-establishment rival--the only doll to come close to outselling her. In an era when workers may be asked to sign contracts granting their employers the rights to and income resulting from their ideas--whether conceived during work hours or on their own time--Lobel's deeply researched story is a riveting and thought-provoking contribution to the contentious debate over creativity and intellectual property." -- Amazon.com.

You were never really here

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:08
by Ames, Jonathan,
Publisher Vintage Books, 2018. ©2013
First Vintage Crime/black lizard edition.
pages cm
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Call Number XX(1651407.1)

You're in trouble : fib or truth?

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:08
by Miller, Connie Colwell
Publisher Amicus Educational 2018
23 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 24 cm
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Call Number XX(1651949.1)

Zion National Park

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:08
by Shepherd, Jodie
Publisher Children's Press 2018
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Call Number XX(1651950.1)

Letterman : the last giant of late night

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:00
by Zinoman, Jason
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
xvi, 345 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number 791.45028 ZIN
Summary In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. Here, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer's titanic legacy. Moving from his early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman's television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

Reading with Patrick : a teacher, a student, and a life-changing friendship

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:53
by Kuo, Michelle,
Publisher Random House, [2017]
First edition.
xxi, 296 pages ; 22 cm
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Call Number 371.1 KUO
Summary Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer in 2004, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America. In this unforgettable memoir, Michelle shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and political awakening. Fifteen and in the eighth grade, Patrick begins to thrive under Michelle's exacting attention. However, after two years of teaching, Michelle leaves Arkansas to attend law school. When, on graduating, she learns that Patrick has been jailed for murder, Michelle returns to Helena and resumes Patrick's education as he sits in jail awaiting trial. For the next seven months they pore over classic novels, poems, and history, and Patrick is galvanized by the works of Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, W. S. Merwin, and many others. Reading with Patrick is an inspirational story of friendship, a coming-of-age story for both a young teacher and student, a resonant meditation on race and justice, and a love letter to literature and its power to bind us together.

The Kelloggs : the battling brothers of Battle Creek

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:53
by Markel, Howard,
Publisher Pantheon Books, [2017]
First edition.
xxix, 506 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number B KELLOGG
Summary "From the much admired medical historian ... and author ..., the story of America's empire builders: John and Will Kellogg. John Harvey Kellogg was one of America's most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast. In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America's notion of health and wellness from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet. The Kelloggs were of Puritan stock, a family that came to the shores of New England in the mid-seventeenth century, went west to the wooded Michigan frontier to start a farm that became one of the biggest in the county, and then renounced it all for the religious calling of Ellen Harmon White, a self-proclaimed prophetess, and James White, whose new Seventh-day Adventist theology was based on Christian principles and sound body, mind, and hygiene rules--Ellen called it "health reform." The Whites groomed the young John Kellogg for a central role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and sent him to America's finest medical school, Bellevue Hospital Medical College. Kellogg's main medical focus--and America's number one malady: indigestion (Walt Whitman described it as "the great American evil"). Markel gives us the life and times of the Kellogg brothers of Battle Creek: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his world-famous Battle Creek Sanitarium medical center, spa, and grand hotel attracted thousands actively pursuing health and well-being. Among the guests: Mary Todd Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Booker T. Washington, Johnny Weissmuller, Dale Carnegie, Sojourner Truth, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and George Bernard Shaw. And the presidents he advised: Taft, Harding, Hoover, and Roosevelt, with first lady Eleanor. The brothers Kellogg experimented on malt, wheat, and corn meal, and, tinkering with special ovens and toasting devices, came up with a ready-to-eat, easily digested cereal they called Corn Flakes. As Markel chronicles the Kelloggs' fascinating, Magnificent Ambersons-like ascent into the pantheon of American industrialists, we see the vast changes in American social mores that took shape in diet, health, medicine, philanthropy, and food manufacturing during seven decades--changing the lives of millions and helping to shape our industrial age."--Jacket.

Bobby Kennedy : a raging spirit

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 03:52
by Matthews, Christopher, 1945-
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
396 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Call Number B Kennedy, Robert
Summary "A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC's Hardball. With his bestselling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look at one of America's most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with Bobby, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century. Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. When he had the chance to become a naval officer like Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. They were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians--both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Robert Francis Kennedy. He shines a light on all the important moments of his life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother's administration and his tragic run for president. This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic"--

Promise me Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 03:52
by Biden, Joseph R,
Publisher Flatiron Books, 2017.
First edition.
260 pages ; 22 cm
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Call Number BIO BIDEN FAMILY
Summary The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.

Where the past begins : a writer's memoir

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 03:52
by Tan, Amy,
Publisher Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number 813.54 TAN
Summary "From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory"--

A beautiful, terrible thing : a memoir of marriage and betrayal

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:30
by Waite, Jen,
Publisher Plume, [2017]
260 pages ; 22 cm
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Call Number 306.893 WAI

A speck in the sea : a story of survival and rescue

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:30
by Aldridge, John,
Publisher Weinstein Books, [2017]
First edition.
x, 262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number 613.69 ALD
Summary "In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success"--Dust jacket flap.

Victoria the queen : an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:30
by Baird, Julia (Julia Woodlands),
Publisher Random House, [2016]
First edition.
xlvii, 696 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, maps, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
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Call Number B VICTORIA
Summary A magnificent biography of Queen Victoria by International New York Times columnist Julia Baird. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, 'Victoria The Queen' is a stunning new portrait of the real woman behind the myth - a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience. When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would begin to threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger parts of the globe. Born into a world where woman were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty years old, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.

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

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:46
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.

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