New Biographies

Shoot like a girl : one woman's dramatic fight in Afghanistan and on the home front

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Hegar, Mary Jennings.
Publisher New American Library, [2017]
First edition.
viii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number 958.1047 HEG

Yitzhak Rabin : soldier, leader, statesman

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Rabinovich, Itamar, 1942-
Publisher Yale University Press, [2017] ©2017
272 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Call Number 956.94054 RAB
Summary An insider's perspective on the life and influence of Israel's first native-born prime minister, his bold peace initiatives, and his tragic assassination. More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation's pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author's recollections as one of Rabin's closest aides. An awkward politician who became a statesman, a soldier who became a peacemaker, Rabin is best remembered for his valiant efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for the Oslo Accords. Itamar Rabinovich provides new insights into Rabin's relationships with powerful leaders including Bill Clinton, Jordan's King Hussein, and Henry Kissinger, his desire for an Israeli-Syrian peace plan, and the political developments that shaped his tenure. The author also assesses the repercussions of Rabin's murder: Netanyahu's ensuing election and the rise of Israel's radical right wing.

Henry David Thoreau : a life

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:04
by Walls, Laura Dassow,
Publisher The University of Chicago Press, 2017. ©2017
xx, 615 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Call Number B THOREAU

The secrets of my life

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:04
by Jenner, Caitlyn, 1949-
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
x, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number B JENNER
Summary "Bruce Jenner, the celebrated Olympic icon and later the patriarch of one of the most famous families in the world, seemed to be living a dream life of success, fame, and prosperity. But the all-American image and million-dollar smile belied a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, and it wasn't until the sensational Diane Sawyer interview that the public mask of Bruce Jenner was finally retired, and through the memorable Vanity Fair piece by Buzz Bissinger, that Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world and set free to exist on her own terms. Since then, Caitlyn has undertaken an arduous emotional and physical odyssey to achieve the completeness she always felt was missing"--Book jacket.

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

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 04:39
by Bontinck, Dimitri, 1973-
Publisher Saint Martin's Press, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
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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. "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. Dimitri watched helplessly as his son, Jay, transformed from a gentle boy to a soldier in training, wearing traditional robes and following a strict diet. Completely brainwashed, Jay snuck out of the house and traveled to Syria, all but vanishing. Too late, Dimitri learned that their country, Belgium, was the leading hotbed of Islamic radicalization. Large numbers of teenagers were being lured into this world and expertly indoctrinated into radical Islam. One by one, they disappeared into the Middle East, most never to be seen again. With no one to help him, Dimitri--a white Christian-raised atheist--set off on his own to save his son. Using only his military training, a lot of courage, and a little luck, he gradually embedded himself deeper and deeper into the Middle East. After months of searching and several close calls--including being thrown in a jail cell and threatened with death--he was able to find his son and bring him home. The world was shocked at his unprecedented success, and he started receiving pleas from families around the world, asking that he rescue their children, as well. Increasingly fearful for his own life but unable to ignore these cries for help, Dimitri accepted his newfound role as the 'Jihadi Hunter.' Rescued from ISIS is the inspiring and terrifying tale of one man's journey to the Middle East to save his child from radical Islam, and its surprising worldwide repercussions."--Jacket.

Strange beauty : a portrait of my son

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 04:39
by Factor, Eliza,
Publisher Parallax Press, [2017]
271 pages ; 22 cm
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Call Number B FACTOR
Summary "A unique and hopeful story of how one woman and her family were transformed by her child's multiple disabilities and inability to talk and how she, in turn, transformed a community. This intimate,no-holds barredmemoir shares one family's experiences with a child who is both autistic and physically disabled. It is a story of infectious laughter, blood on the floor, intense physical conflict, and of two little girls growing up in the shadow of their charming and fitful brother. And it is the story of a mother and writer and the illuminating effect of imagining the world through the eyes of her beautiful, charismatic, and nonverbal son, Felix. Felix and his sisters inspire Eliza to start Extreme Kids, a community center that connects families with children with disabilities through the arts and play, andtransformhow she saw herself and the world. She writes of the joy this project brings her, as well as the disconnect of being lauded for helping others at the same time that she cannot help her own son. As Felix grows bigger and stronger, his assaults against himself grow more destructive. When his bruised limbs and face prompt Child Services to investigate the Factors for abuse, Eliza realizes how dangerous her home has become. Strange Beautyis a personal story, but it shines a light on the combustible conditions many families are living in at this moment. The United States offers parents whose children are prone to violence very little help. That Eliza's story ends happily, with Felix thriving at Crotched Mountain School, is due more to luck than policy. There are few such schools and many such children. When children are violent, we fail to account for the internal and external pressures that lead to violence. This is both cruel and counterproductive, for people with disabilities have much to teachus,if we will only listen"--

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

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 04:39
by Gisleson, Anne,
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
260 pages ; 25 cm
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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.

Notes on a banana : a memoir of food, love, and manic depression

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:24
by Leite, David,
Publisher Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
First edition.
370 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number 641.5 LEI

I can't make this up : life lessons

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 04:21
by Hart, Kevin, 1979-
Publisher 37 Ink, Atria, 2017.
First 37 INK/Atria Books hardcover edition.
378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number BIO HART, KEVIN
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.

Manderley forever : a biography of Daphne Du Maurier

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:02
by Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961-
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
x, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
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Call Number B DU MAURIER
Summary Traces the life and achievements of classic novelist Daphne du Maurier, sharing creative insights into the master writer's life at different ages and her enduring influence in literature.

Letterman : the last giant of late night

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:50
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, 08/07/2017 - 06:40
by Kuo, Michelle,
Publisher Random House, [2017]
First edition.
xxi, 296 pages ; 22 cm
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Call Number BIO KUO, MICHELLE
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, 08/07/2017 - 06:40
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.

Money, murder, and Dominick Dunne : a life in several acts

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:18
by Hofler, Robert
Publisher The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017] ©2017
viii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Call Number B DUNNE
Summary A revealing biography of Dominick Dunne, the best-selling novelist, celebrity crime reporter, and notorious raconteur, whose public persona hid his participation in the gay subculture of Hollywood and New York.

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

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 03:17
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, 08/04/2017 - 03:17
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, 08/04/2017 - 03:17
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.

Arnie : the life of Arnold Palmer

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:54
by Callahan, Tom,
Publisher Harper, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
xiv, 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Call Number B PALMER
Summary "In this definitive biography, veteran sportswriter Tom Callahan shines a spotlight on one of the greatest golfers ever to play the game, Arnold Palmer. The winner of more than ninety championships, including four Masters Tournaments, Arnold Palmer was a legend in twentieth century sports: a supremely gifted competitor beloved for his powerful hitting, his nerve on the greens, and his great rapport with fans. Perhaps above all others, Palmer was the reason golf's popularity exploded, as the King of the links helped define golf's golden age along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. In addition to his talent on the golf course, Palmer was a brilliant entrepreneur off it, and one of the first sportsmen to create his own successful marketing brand. Forging an alliance with sports agent Mark McCormick, Palmer parlayed his popularity into lucrative deals, and helped pave the way for the multi-million-dollar contracts that have become standard for stars across all sports. But beyond his business acumen, Palmer was always a larger-than-life character, and Arnie recounts a host of unforgettable anecdotes from a long life in the spotlight. Tom Callahan knew Palmer well for many years, and now pays tribute to this golfing icon. Filled with great stories from the key people in Palmer's life, Arnie is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of a remarkable man and his extraordinary legacy"--

Love, madness, and scandal : the life of Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 05:52
by Luthman, Johanna,
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2017. ©2017
First Edition.
xxi, 216 pages : illustrations, map, portraits, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
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Call Number B PURBECK
Summary The high society of Stuart England found Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck (1602-1645) an exasperating woman. She lived at a time when women were expected to obedient, silent, and chaste, but Frances displayed none of these qualities. Her determination to ignore convention contributed in no small measure to a live of high drama, one which encompassed kidnappings, secret rendezvous, an illegitimate child, accusations of black magic, imprisonments, disappearances, and exile, not to mention court appearances, high-speed chases, a jail-break, deadly disease, royal fury, and-- by turns-- religious condemnation and conversion. On one level a thrilling tale of love and sex, kidnapping and elopement, the life of Frances Coke Villiers is also the story of an exceptional woman, whose personal experiences intertwined with the court politics and religious disputes of a tumultuous and crucially formative period in English history.

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