New Biographies

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.

What happened

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:54
by Clinton, Hillary Rodham,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number 328.73 CLI
Summary The former secretary of state relates her experiences as the first woman candidate nominated for president by a major party, discussing the sexism, criticism, and double standards she had to confront, and how she coped with a devastating loss.

Natural disaster : I cover them. I am one.

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 06:54
by Zee, Ginger,
Publisher Kingswell, 2017. ©2017
First Hardcover Edition.
282 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number XX(1659013.3)
Summary ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some--it's just that Ginger's personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field.

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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
Call Number B SHARAPOVA

We are all shipwrecks : a memoir

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:30
by Carlisle, Kelly Grey,
Publisher Sourcebooks, [2017]
xi, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Books
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.

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