New Biographies

God's wolf : the life of the most notorious of all crusaders, scourge of Saladin

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:30
by Lee, Jeffrey, 1966-
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
First American edition.
332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Call Number 956.014 LEE
Summary In a 2010 terrorist plot, Al-Qaeda hid a bomb in a FedEx shipment addressed to Reynald de Chatillon, a knight who had died centuries ago in the crusades. A reviled figure in Islamic history, often portrayed as the very epitome of brutality, Reynald remains as controversial--and as vividly present in the minds of many in the Middle East--as the story of the crusades themselves. An epic saga set in the midst of a violent clash of civilizations, God's Wolf tells the story of Reynald's staggering rise from lowly soldier to prince of Antioch, one of the crusader kingdoms in the Near East. Jeffrey Lee argues that, despite his brutality, Reynald was a strong military leader and an effective statesman who defended his kingdom against attacks from Byzantines, Armenians, and Muslims. A tale of faith, fanaticism, and brutality, God's Wolf is the fascinating story of an exceptional crusader and a provocative reinterpretation of the crusader era--

The songs we know best : John Ashbery's early life

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:30
by Roffman, Karin,
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
First edition.
xv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number B ASHBERY
Summary "A biography focusing on the poet John Ashbery's early life"--

Unstoppable : my life so far

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:30
by Sharapova, Maria, 1987-
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

We are all shipwrecks : a memoir

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:30
by Carlisle, Kelly Grey,
Publisher Sourcebooks, [2017]
xi, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number 362.8813 CAR
Summary The author discusses her unusual upbringing living on a boat in the LA harbor with her grandparents who owned and operated adult video stores.

Gorbachev : his life and times

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:15
by Taubman, William,
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2017]
First edition.
xxv, 852 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Afterglow : a dog memoir

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 09:08
by Myles, Eileen,
Publisher Grove Press, 2017.
First edition.
210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number 636.7559 MYL

Did it! : from yippie to yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American revolutionary

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 09:08
by Thomas, Patrick O., 1964-
Publisher Fantagraphics Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
xi, 253 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Call Number B RUBIN

Marita : the spy who loved Castro

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 09:08
by Lorenz, Marita, 1939-
Publisher Pegasus Books, 2017.
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
x, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Call Number B LORENZ
Summary Born in Germany during the outbreak of WWII, Marita was incarcerated in a Nzai concentration camp as a child. In 1959 she travelled to Cuba, where she met and fell in love with Fidel Castro. Yet, upon fleeing to America, she was recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. Torn by love and loyalty, she failed to slip Fidel the lethal pills. Caught up in Cold War intrigue and espionage, even testifying as a witness to the JFK assassination conspiracy, this is Marita's incredible true story of a young girl turned spy.

The three lives of James Madison : genius, partisan, president

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 05:48
by Feldman, Noah, 1970-
Publisher Random House, [2017]
First edition.
xviii, 773 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Call Number B MADISON
Summary "Over the course of his life, James Madison changed the United States three times: First, he designed the Constitution, led the struggle for its adoption and ratification, then drafted the Bill of Rights. As an older, cannier politician he co-founded the original Republican party, setting the course of American political partisanship. Finally, having pioneered a foreign policy based on economic sanctions, he took the United States into a high-risk conflict, becoming the first wartime president and, despite the odds, winning. In The Three Lives of James Madison, Noah Feldman offers an intriguing portrait of this elusive genius and the constitutional republic he created--and how both evolved to meet unforeseen challenges"--Dust jacket.

Henry David Thoreau : a life

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:57
by Walls, Laura Dassow,
Publisher The University of Chicago Press, 2017. ©2017
xx, 615 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Call Number B THOREAU

Rescued from ISIS : the gripping true story of how a father saved his son

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:37
by Bontinck, Dimitri, 1973-
Publisher Saint Martin's Press, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number 956.9104 BON
Summary Dimitri Bontinck lived every parent's worst nightmare: his teenage son, introduced to Islam by his girlfriend, fell into the clutches of a radical mosque. Completely brainwashed, Jay snuck out of the house and traveled to Syria, all but vanishing. With no one to help him, Dimitri--a white, Christian-raised atheist--set off on his own to save his son.

The futilitarians : our year of thinking, drinking, grieving, and reading

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:37
by Gisleson, Anne,
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
260 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number B GISLESON
Summary A memoir of loss, friendship, and literature explores how the author and her husband, devastated by the deaths of family members and the loss of their home in Hurricane Katrina, established a reading group with friends who also endured difficult life setbacks.

I can't make this up : life lessons

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 07:22
by Hart, Kevin, 1979-
Publisher 37 Ink, Atria, 2017.
First 37 INK/Atria Books hardcover edition.
378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 792.7028 HAR
Summary Superstar, comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include, the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and listeners have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in themselves since Old Yeller.