New Biographies

We're going to need more wine : stories that are funny, complicated, and true

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:09
by Union, Gabrielle,
Publisher Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
262 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number 791.45028 UNI
Summary In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame.

The line becomes a river

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 04:09
by Cantu, Francisco (Essayist),
Publisher Riverhead Books, 2018.
247 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number 363.28 CAN
Summary ""A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk - and lose - their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective."--Phil Klay For Francisco Cantú the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line"-- "A former Border Patrol agent's haunting experience of an unnatural divide and the lives caught on either side, struggling to cross or to defend it"--

An American family : a memoir of hope and sacrifice

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 06:46
by Khan, Khizr, 1950-
Publisher Random House, [2017]
First edition.
xiii, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Call Number B KHAN


Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:45
by McGowan, Rose, 1973-
Publisher HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
First edition.
xiv, 251 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number B MCGOWAN
Summary "The surprising and captivating memoir and radical manifesto of one of the most controversial women in Hollywood--actress, activist, musician, director, and all-around feminist badass Rose McGowan"--

The last man who knew everything : the life and times of Enrico Fermi, father of the nuclear age

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:40
by Schwartz, David N., 1956-
Publisher Basic Books, 2017.
First edition.
xxiii, 453 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary A portrait of physicist and innovator Enrico Fermi assesses his pivotal role in achieving a nuclear chain reaction and shares insights into his complex personality, family ties, and relationships with the Italian Fascist Party and the Manhattan Project.

Full battle rattle : my story as the longest-serving special forces A-Team soldier in American history

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 03:26
by Lahidji, Changiz, 1950-
Publisher St. Martin's Press, [2018] ©2018
First edition
viii, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Call Number XX(1651380.2)
Summary Publisher Annotation: Over 100 combat missions, 24 years as a Green Beret―Full Battle Rattle tells the legend of a soldier who served America in every war since Vietnam. 304pp., 75K.

Reckless daughter : a portrait of Joni Mitchell

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:24
by Yaffe, David, 1973-
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
xvi, 420 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Call Number B MITCHELL
Summary "Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country. A Canadian prairie girl, a free-spirited artist, Mitchell never wanted to be a pop star. She was nothing more than "a painter derailed by circumstances," she would explain. And yet, she went on to become a talented self-taught musician and a brilliant bandleader, releasing album after album, each distinctly experimental, challenging, and revealing. Her lyrics captivated listeners with their perceptive language and naked emotion, born out of Mitchell's life, loves, complaints, and prophecies. As an artist whose work deftly balances narrative and musical complexity, she has been admired by such legendary lyricists as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and beloved by such groundbreaking jazz musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. Her hits--from "Big Yellow Taxi" to "Both Sides, Now" to "A Case of You"--endure as timeless favorites, and her influence on the generations of singer-songwriters who would follow her, from her devoted fan Prince to Björk, is undeniable. In this intimate biography, drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs--from Mitchell's youth in Canada, her bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, through the love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present--and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Reckless Daughter is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on American music."--Jacket.

Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:00
by Kelly, Scott, 1964-
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
387 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Call Number B KELLY
Summary The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

Leonardo da Vinci

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:00
by Isaacson, Walter,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
xii, 599 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Call Number B DA VINCI
Summary "He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius"--

Tell me more : stories about the 12 hardest things I'm learning to say

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 02:59
by Corrigan, Kelly, 1967-
Publisher Random House, [2018]
First edition.
x, 226 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number 305.2442 COR
Summary "Tell Me More is a funny, wise and insightful exploration of seven sentences adult life requires. With Kelly's signature candor and good will, each chapter draws from her sometimes ridiculous, sometimes profound struggles with parenting and marriage, career and friendship, illness, aging and mortality. Each chapter is animated by poignant, hilarious stories from Kelly's own life and is focused on one of seven sentences: Onward, a one-word sentence that celebrates the moment we stop raging against people and situations that will not be changed and decide to just get on with it. I Don't Know, a candid and liberating statement to help us make peace with uncertainty, unknowns and unknowables. Tell Me More, a prompt to squelch our instinct to fix, fix, fix... and just listen. No, a mighty two-letter sentry against dangers of all sorts, including martyrdom. You Got This, an empowering message that honors, embraces and possibly multiplies personal capacity. I Was Wrong, a deep dive into how to apologize and the astonishing corrections a perfect apology can make possible. You Can Go, for the excruciating moment when it's time to say goodbye to someone you hardly think you can get through a day without"--

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
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
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

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
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
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.