New Biographies

Uncovered : how I left Hasidic life and finally came home : a memoir

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:26
by Lax, Leah,
Publisher She Writes Press, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number B LAX
Summary In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells her story--beginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she's known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom. In understated, crystalline prose, Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and motherhood during her years with the Hasidim, and explores how her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings simmer beneath the surface throughout her time there. The first memoir to tell of a gay woman who spent years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Lax's journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs.

The monk of Mokha

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:25
by Eggers, Dave,
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
First edition.
xiii, 327 pages : map ; 23 cm
Call Number 338.766393 EGG
Summary The true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.

Sisters first : stories from our wild and wonderful life

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:09
by Hager, Jenna Bush, 1981-
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
xi, 238 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Call Number B BUSH
Summary Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story. In SISTERS FIRST, Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.

The shattered lens : a war photographer's true story of captivity and survival in Syria

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:09
by Alpeyrie, Jonathan,
Publisher Atria Books, 2017.
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Call Number B ALPEYRIE
Summary "Discover a gripping and harrowing tale of war and torture from the man who lived it in this powerful memoir by the celebrated war journalist who not only documented over a dozen conflict zones worldwide but was also captured and held hostage by Syrian rebels in 2013. Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie's job but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French American photojournalist had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet-torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels. For eighty-one days he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten. Not too far away, President Bashar al Assad's forces and those in opposition continued their bitter and bloody civil war. Over the course of his captivity, Alpeyrie kept his spirits up and strived to see, without his camera lenses, the humanity in his captors. He took part in their activities, taught them how to swim, prayed with them, and tried learning their language and culture. He also discovered a dormant faith within himself, one that strengthened him throughout the ordeal"--Provided by publisher.

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.