Adult Biographies

The beat of my own drum : a memoir E., Sheila (Escovedo), 1959-
The singer, drummer, and percussionist traces her career through four decades of Latin and pop music, sharing details from her tours with fellow artists and her solo career while revealing how her faith has helped her heal from sexual abuse.

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Added: September 12, 2014
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Augustus : first emperor of Rome Goldsworthy, Adrian Keith, author.
Tells the story of the heir to the murdered Julius Caesar who, as Rome's first emperor, brought peace and stability to the empire and presided over a new system of government.

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Added: September 12, 2014
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West of Kabul, east of New York : an Afghan American story Ansary, Mir Tamim.
"Born to an Afghan father and American mother, Tamim Ansary grew up in the intimate world of Afghan family life and emigrated to San Francisco thinking he'd left Afghan culture behind forever. At the height of the Iranian Revolution, however, he took a harrowing journey through the Islamic world, and in the years that followed, he struggled to unite his divided self and to find a place in his imagination where his Afghan and American identities might meet. The day after the World Trade Center was destroyed, he sent an anguished e-mail to twenty friends, discussing the attack from his perspective as an Afghan American. The message was the culmination of his lifelong struggle, and it reached millions. West of Kabul, East of New York is his story"--Cover, p. 4.

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Added: September 11, 2014
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Oswald Chambers : abandoned to God : the life story of the author of My utmost for his highest McCasland, Dave.

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Added: September 10, 2014
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I'll be back right after this : my memoir O'Brien, Pat, 1948 February 14-
"Growing up, Pat O'Brien was the skinny Midwestern kid with the divorced parents and the alcoholic father ... His life was unceremonious--until he was picked up in [a] student center by a professor who envisioned his future as the household television name he would become. From that day forward, Pat's life became anything but ordinary: from afternoons in the late Bobby Kennedy's living room with Muhammad Ali, to Rangers games in President Bush's suite, to the drugs and drinking and party lifestyle of Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Pat has met everyone: the Beatles, the Kennedys, Neil Young, and Magic Johnson"--

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Added: September 9, 2014
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The house of Rothschild. The world's banker 1849-1998 Ferguson, Niall.

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Added: September 9, 2014
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Susan Sontag : a biography Schreiber, Daniel, 1977- author.

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Way below the angels : the pretty clearly troubled but not even close to tragic confessions of a real live Mormon missionary Harline, Craig.
When Craig Harline set off on his two-year Mormon mission to Belgium in the 1970s, he had big dreams of doing miracles, converting the masses, and coming home a hero. What he found instead was a lot of rain and cold, one-sentence conversations with irritated people, and silly squabbles with fellow missionaries-- a range of experiences that nothing, including his own missionary training, had prepared him for. He also found a wealth of friendships with fellow Mormons as well as unconverted locals and, along the way, gained insights that would shape the rest of his life.

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Added: September 4, 2014
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Foreign correspondent : a memoir Greenway, H. D. S., 1935-
"David Greenway, a journalist's journalist in the tradition of Michael Herr, David Halberstam, and Dexter Filkins. In this vivid memoir, he tells us what it's like to report a war up close"--

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Added: September 4, 2014
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In my father's house : the years before The hiding place Ten Boom, Corrie.
Here is an intimate look at the human side of one of our generation's most authentic Christians, how her faith kept her going for years to prepare for the suffering and victories ahead.

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Added: September 4, 2014
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Every man a king : the autobiography of Huey P. Long Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935.
Huey Long (1893-1935) was one of the most extraordinary American politicians, simultaneously cursed as a dictator and applauded as a benefactor of the masses. A product of the poor north Louisiana hills, he began his political career by taking on, from the office of the Railroad Commission, the biggest corporations in the state, including the Standard Oil Company. He was elected governor of Louisiana in 1928, and proceeded to subjugate the powerful state political hierarchy after narrowly defeating an impeachment attempt. The only Southern popular leader who truly delivered on his promises, he increased the miles of paved roads and number of bridges in Louisiana tenfold and established free night schools and state hospitals, meeting the huge costs by taxing corporations and issuing bonds. Soon Long had become the absolute ruler of the state, in the process lifting Louisiana from near feudalism into the modern world almost overnight, and inspiring poor whites of the South to a vision of a better life. As Louisiana Senator and one of Roosevelt's most vociferous critics, "The Kingfish," as he called himself, gained a nationwide following, forcing Roosevelt to turn his New Deal significantly to the left. But before he could progress farther, he was assassinated in Baton Rouge in 1935. Long's ultimate ambition, of course, was the presidency, and it was doubtless with this goal in mind that he wrote this spirited and fascinating account of his life, an autobiography every bit as daring and controversial as was The Kingfish himself.

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Added: September 4, 2014
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Mary Boleyn : the mistress of kings Weir, Alison, 1951-
Presents a historical profile of Henry VIII's mistress and the sister of Anne Boleyn, examining her affair with Francis I of France, rise and fall in the Tudor court, and obscure later years after she married for love.

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Added: September 4, 2014
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Beethoven : anguish and triumph : a biography Swafford, Jan.
An esteemed music historian provides a rich, detailed overview of the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, traveling from Enlightenment-era Bonn to the musical capital of Europe, Vienna, to vividly describe the composer's career, ill health and romantic rejections.

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Added: September 3, 2014
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Mayor For Life : The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr. Barry, Marion, 1936- author.
Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world. Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics. In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all--including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC. This is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.

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Added: September 3, 2014
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What so proudly we hailed : Francis Scott Key, a life Leepson, Marc, 1945-

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Rage for fame : the ascent of Clare Boothe Luce Morris, Sylvia Jukes.
Born illegitimate on New York's Upper West Side, with nothing to recommend her but blonde good looks and a ferocious intelligence, she used sex, street smarts, acid humor, and money to plot a career more improbable than anything in her own fiction and drama. At ten, Clare Boothe understudied Mary Pickford on Broadway. At twenty, she was both a suffragette and a siren to well-placed men on both sides of the Atlantic. She spurned the handsomest to marry the richest: George Tuttle Brokaw, an alcoholic Fifth Avenue millionaire more than twice her age. At twenty-six, she was free of him, financially secure, in the full flower of her beauty, and ambitious enough to scorch silk. Clare Boothe set about transforming herself into a caption writer at Vogue, staff writer and managing editor of Vanity Fair (glossiest of the Deco-era magazines), and author of Stuffed Shirts, a satiric short-story collection brilliant enough to arouse the envy of Andre Maurois. Then, in three days at age thirty-three, she wrote The Women, the hit play whose dry-martini dialogue ("I'm a virgin - a frozen asset") still elicits gasps from audiences around the world. By then Clare Boothe was married again, this time to a man who was her equal in force of character: Henry Luce, the youthful publisher of Time and Fortune. On their honeymoon, she helped plant the seed of his greatest success, Life. For Luce, meeting Clare was a "coup de foudre," a lightning stroke that transformed him overnight into the most ardent and generous of lovers. To Clare, whom a French artist once described as "a beautiful facade without central heating," Henry was only the latest, and by no means the last, of the men she cruelly disillusioned. Although the marriage endured, this clear-eyed biography chronicles its deterioration from passion to partnerships. Other admirers, including Max Reinhardt, Conde Nast, Joseph P. Kennedy, Randolph Churchill, Noel Coward, Bernard Baruch, Paul Gallico, Isamu Noguchi, and Jawaharlal Nehru, crowd the pages of Rage for Fame - even Gertrude Stein, in one hilarious episode. All testify to Clare Boothe Luce's extraordinary charm and guile. However, she had powerful detractors, notably Franklin D. Roosevelt, David O. Selznick, Frida Kahlo, and Dorothy Parker. Copious quotations from her own diaries, as well as from those of her daughter, Ann, and the letters of her doomed literary mentor Donald Freeman, reveal dark undercurrents of deceit, ruthlessness, and narcissism in her personality. Behind the blue eyes and flirtatious manner, she was, in Irwin Shaw's words, "feminine as a meat axe." By the time she was thirty-seven, Clare Boothe Luce had written two more Broadway hits (the opening of her anti-Nazi play Margin for Error attracted not only Albert Einstein but Thomas Mann), a bestselling book on the 1940 fall of France, and numerous articles for Life, which employed her as a roving correspondent in the early days of World War II. Always fascinated with military strategy and intelligence, she was an ardent advocate of U.S. intervention in both hemispheres. After Pearl Harbor, her rage for fame became a rage for power that only politics would satisfy.

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Added: August 28, 2014
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Harry S. Truman Truman, Margaret, 1924-2008.
His daughter paints an in-depth portrait of the politician from Missouri who, in the midst of World War II, succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States.

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Added: August 26, 2014
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Joni : an unforgettable story Tada, Joni Eareckson.

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The life and times of Frederick Douglass : his early life as a slave, his escape from bondage, and his complete history Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
Raised as a plantation slave who was taught to read and write by one of his owners, Frederick Douglass became a brilliant writer, eloquent orator, and major participant in the struggle of African-Americans for freedom and equality. In this engrossing, first-hand narrative originally published in 1845, he vividly recounts early years of physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy, his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and crusade for full civil rights for former slaves. A powerful autobiography of a passionate civil rights advocate, this book will be of value to anyone interested in African-American history.

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Added: August 22, 2014
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Blue-eyed boy : a memoir Timberg, Robert, author.
"From journalist Robert Timberg, a memoir of the struggle to reclaim his life after being severely burned as a Marine lieutenant in Vietnam. In January 1967, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended. He had thirteen days to go when his vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns of his face and much of his body. He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter. Remarkable as was his return to health--he endured no less than thirty-five operations--perhaps more remarkable was his decision to reinvent himself as a journalist, one of the most public of professions. Blue-Eyed Boy is a gripping, occasionally comic account of what it took for an ambitious man, aware of his frightful appearance but hungry for meaning and accomplishment, to master a new craft amid the pitying stares and shocked reactions of many he encountered on a daily basis. Timberg was at the top of his game as White House correspondent for The Baltimore Sun when suddenly his work brought his life full circle: the Iran-Contra scandal broke. At its heart were three fellow Naval Academy graduates and Vietnam-era veterans. Timberg's coverage of that story resulted in his first book, The Nightingale's Song, a powerful work of narrative nonfiction that follows the three academy graduates most deeply involved in Iran-Contra--Oliver North among them--as well as two other well-known Navy men, John McCain and James Webb, from the academy through Vietnam and into the Reagan years. In Blue-Eyed Boy, Timberg relates how he came to know these five men and how their stories helped him understand the ways the Vietnam War and the furor that swirled around it continue to haunt the nation, even now, nearly four decades after its dismal conclusion. Timberg is no saint, and he has traveled a hard and often bitter road. In facing his own remarkable life with the same tools of wisdom, human empathy, and storytelling grit he brought to his journalism, he has produced one of the most moving and important memoirs of our time"--

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Added: August 19, 2014
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Michelangelo : a life in six masterpieces Unger, Miles.
"The life of perhaps the most famous, most revolutionary artist in history, told through the stories of six of his magnificent masterpieces"--

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Added: August 18, 2014
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Masked : the life of Anna Leonowens, schoolmistress at the court of Siam Habegger, Alfred, author.

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Pain don't hurt : fighting inside and outside the ring Miller, Mark, 1975-
Pain Don't Hurt is the no-holds-barred memoir from the only professional fighter in history to return to the ring after open-heart surgery, kickboxer Mark "Fightshark" Miller--an inspiring story of family, determination, and redemption.

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Added: August 15, 2014
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Tomlinson Hill : the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name-- one white, one black Tomlinson, Chris, author.
"Foreign correspondent Chris Tomlinson returns to Texas to discover the truth about his family's slave owning history, [telling] the story of two families, one black and one white, who trace their ancestry to the same Central Texas slave plantation. Tomlinson discovers that his counterpart in the African American family is LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League"--

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Added: August 15, 2014
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Maeve Binchy : the biography Dudgeon, Piers.
"Maeve Binchy's novels sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and when she died on July 30th 2012, she did so as Ireland's best-loved writer. With bestselling books such as Light a Penny Candle, Circle of Friends, Tara Road, Evening Class, and A Week in Winter, which was published four months after her death, no one else told stories like Maeve Binchy. Humane, down-to-earth, and funny, her novels captured imaginations on both sides of the Atlantic in a way that most authors only dream of. More than simply a biography, this extraordinary book visits Maeve Binchy in the land of her birth, which is the environment of her novels, and in the company of the author and her fictional characters sets out to discover the emotional contours which define her as a writer and a person"--

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Added: August 15, 2014
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The house at Otowi Bridge : the story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos Church, Peggy Pond, 1903-1986.
Tells the story of Edith Warner, who lived in Los Alamos at the time of the Manhattan Project and was a friend to both the Indians of San Ildefonso Pueblo and the scientists working on the atomic bomb.

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Added: August 14, 2014
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The Brandon Roy story : how a determined Seattle kid became an NBA superstar and basketball role model Raley, Dan.

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Added: August 14, 2014
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Desert queen : the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, adventurer, adviser to kings, ally of Lawrence of Arabia Wallach, Janet, 1942-
Turning away from the privileged world of the "eminent Victorians," Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) explored, mapped, and excavated the world of the Arabs. Recruited by British intelligence during World War I, she played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders, and her connections and information provided the brains to match T. E. Lawrence's brawn. After the war, she played a major role in creating the modern Middle East and was, at the time, considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire. In this biography, Janet Wallach shows us the woman behind these achievements - a woman whose passion and defiant independence were at odds wit the confined and custom-bound England she left behind. Too long eclipsed by Lawrence, Gertrude Bell emerges at last in her own right as a vital player on the stage of modern history, and as a woman whose life was both a heartbreaking story and a grand adventure.

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Added: August 14, 2014
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Louis Armstrong, master of modernism Brothers, Thomas David.
The definitive account of Louis Armstrong--his life and legacy--during the most creative period of his career.

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Added: August 14, 2014
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Revertigo : an off-kilter memoir Skloot, Floyd, author.
One March morning, writer Floyd Skloot was inexplicably struck by an attack of unrelenting vertigo that ended 138 days later as suddenly as it had begun. With body and world askew, everything familiar had transformed. Nothing was ever still. Revertigo is Skloot's account of that unceasingly vertiginous period, told in an inspired and appropriately off-kilter form.

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Added: August 14, 2014
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Grandma Gatewood's walk : the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail Montgomery, Ben.
"Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine's Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of "America, the Beautiful" and proclaimed, "I said I'll do it, and I've done it." Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person--man or woman--to walk it twice and three times. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: Why did she do it? The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination."--

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A very principled boy : the life of Duncan Lee, Red spy and cold warrior Bradley, Mark A. (Mark Andrew), 1956-
"Duncan Chaplain Lee was an unlikely traitor. A Rhodes Scholar, patriot, and descendant of one of America's most distinguished families, he was also a communist sympathizer who used his position as aid to intelligence chief "Wild Bill" Donovan to leak critical information to the Soviets during World War II. As intelligence expert Mark A. Bradley reveals, Lee was one of Stalin's most valuable moles in U.S. intelligence, passing the KGB vital information on everything from the D-Day invasion to America's plans for postwar Europe. Outwitting both J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joseph McCarthy, he escaped detection again and again, dying a free man before authorities could prove his guilt. A fast-paced cat-and-mouse tale of misguided idealism and high treason, A Very Principled Boy draws on thousands of previously unreleased CIA and State Department records to reveal the riveting story of one of the greatest traitors of the twentieth century"--

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On the edge : my story Hammond, Richard, 1969-

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Price of fame : the Honorable Clare Boothe Luce Morris, Sylvia Jukes.
This concluding volume of the life of an exceptionally brilliant polymath chronicles Luce's progress from her days in Congress. Elected in 1943, she became the only female member of the House Military Affairs Committee, toured the Western Front and visited concentration camps within days of their liberation. Attracting nationwide attention, she lobbied for relaxed immigration policies for Asians and displaced European Jews, as well as equal rights for women and blacks. Following Hiroshima, she became a passionate advocate of nuclear arms control. But in 1946, she gave up her House seat, convinced that politics was "the refuge of second-class minds." She soon emerged as a formidable television personality, campaigning so spectacularly for Eisenhower that he made her ambassador to Italy. She took an uncompromising attitude toward Italy's Communist Party, then was stricken by a mysterious case of poisoning that the CIA kept secret. She went on to become a prolific journalist and magnetic public speaker, as well as a playwright, screenwriter, pioneer scuba diver, early experimenter in psychedelic drugs, and grande dame of the GOP in the Reagan era. Tempestuously married to Henry Luce, the publisher of Time Inc., she endured his infidelities while pursuing her own, and remained a practiced vamp well into old age. In later years she strengthened friendships with countless celebrities who visited her lavish Honolulu retreat. In 1973, she was appointed by Nixon to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a position she continued to hold in the Ford and Reagan administrations. Her death at 84 ended a life that qualifies Clare Boothe Luce for the title of "Woman of the Century."--From publisher description.

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Added: August 13, 2014
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The other side : a memoir Johnson, Lacy M., 1978-
"Lacy Johnson was held prisoner in a soundproofed room in a basement apartment that her ex-boyfriend rented and outfitted for the sole purpose of raping and killing her. She escaped, but not unscathed. The Other Side is the haunting account of a first passionate and then abusive relationship, the events leading to Johnson's kidnapping and imprisonment, her dramatic escape, and her hard-fought struggle to recover. At once thrilling, terrifying, harrowing, and hopeful, The Other Side offers more than just a true crime record. In language both stark and poetic, Johnson weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women"--

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Added: August 13, 2014
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The Duke, the Longhorns, and Chairman Mao : John Wayne's political odyssey Travers, Steven.

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Added: August 13, 2014
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The woman behind the lens : the life and work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1864-1952 Berch, Bettina.

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Added: August 12, 2014
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My Rebbe Steinsaltz, Adin.

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Neil Armstrong : a life of flight Barbree, Jay.
"To date, everything written about Armstong's life and flights has been written from the outside looking in, Barbree is the only person whom Neil Armstrong trusted to share close personal details about his inspiring life story. Working from his years of notes, and with the full cooperation of the Armstrong family, Barbree has written the definitive biography of America's most famous astronaut and one of our greatest modern heroes. Much has already been written about Armstrong and the major players who helped him fly to the moon, but he wanted this book to emphasize his two passions--family and flight. Barbree and Armstrong discussed everything, from his two marriages and the death of his baby daughter, to his love of flying, the war years and of course, his time in space. The book, timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and full of never-before-seen photos, includes many personal details that have never before been written, such as what Armstrong really felt when he took that first step on the moon, what life in NASA was like, his relationships with the other astronauts, and what he felt the future of space exploration should be"--

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Added: August 12, 2014
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Hillary : an American life
This book touches upon the high and low points of Hillary Rodham Clinton's life and career - from her time as First Lady, where she was often criticized for her active and assertive role in Bill Clinton's presidency, to her time in the United States Senate, her historic campaign for the nomination for president, and her decision to serve under the man who would defeat her - Barack Obama - as Secretary of State.

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Added: August 11, 2014
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The search for Anne Perry : the hidden life of a bestselling crime writer Drayton, Joanne.
"In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the movie Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. The movie launched Jackson's international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, who at the time of the movie's release was publicly outed at Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne's life but also on her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths and confront dark issues, including infanticide and incest. Acclaimed literary biographer Joanne Drayton was given unparalleled access to Anne Perry, her friends, relatives, colleagues, and archives to complete this book. She intersperses the story of her life with an examination of her writing, drawing parallels between Perry's own experiences and her characters and storylines. Anne Perry's books deal with miscarriages of justice, family secrets exposed, punishment, redemption, and forgiveness, themes made all the more poignant in light of her past. She has sold 25 million books worldwide and published in 15 different languages, yet she will now forever be known as a murderer who became a writer of murder stories. The Search for Anne Perry is a gripping account of a life, and provides understanding of the girl Anne was, the adult she became, her compulsion to write, and her view of the world. "--

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Added: August 6, 2014
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Glow : the autobiography of Rick James James, Rick, 1948-2004, author.
"Best known for his song "Super Freak," hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with music biographer David Ritz in this posthumously published, wildly entertaining, and profound expression of a rock star's life and soul. He was the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin, a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from underneath cocktail tables at the shows of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and he became a household name in the 1980s with his hit song "Super Freak." Later in life, he was a bad boy who got caught up in drug smuggling and ended up in prison. But since his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a legendary icon whose name is nearly synonymous with funk music--and who popularized the genre, creating a lasting influence on pop artists from Prince to Jay-Z to Snoop Dogg, among countless others. In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America's disco age. It tells of James's upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, "My journey has taken me through hell and back. It's all in my music--the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions." But despite his bad boy behavior, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His "glow" was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him--and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music"--

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Added: August 6, 2014
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Last train to Memphis : the rise of Elvis Presley Guralnick, Peter.
"From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture." "Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world." "This volume tracks the first twenty-four years of Elvis' life, covering his childhood, the stunning first recordings at Sun Records ("That's All Right," "Mystery Train"), and the early RCA hits ("Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel"). These were the years of his improbable self-invention and unprecedented triumphs, when it seemed that everything that Elvis tried succeeded wildly. There was scarcely a cloud in sight through this period until, in 1958, he was drafted into the army and his mother died shortly thereafter. The book closes on that somber and poignant note." "Last Train to Memphis takes us deep inside Elvis' life, exploring his lifelong passion for music of every sort (from blues and gospel to Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza), his compelling affection for his family, and his intimate relationships with girlfriends, mentors, band members, professional associates, and friends. It shows us the loneliness, the trustfulness, the voracious appetite for experience, and above all the unshakable, almost mystical faith that Elvis had in himself and his music. Drawing frequently on Elvis' own words and on the recollections of those closest to him, the book offers an emotional, complex portrait of young Elvis Presley with a depth and dimension that for the first time allow his extraordinary accomplishments to ring true."--BOOK JACKET.

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Added: August 1, 2014
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The removers : a memoir Meredith, Andrew, 1975-
"A literature professor, ... Andrew Meredith's father was fired after unspecified allegations of sexual misconduct. It's a transgression [he] cannot forgive, for it brought about long-lasting familial despair ... [He] treads water, stuck in a kind of suspended adolescence--falling in and out of school, moving blindly from one half-hearted relationship to the next ... Broke, Andrew moves back home to his childhood neighborhood ... and takes a job alongside his father as a 'remover,' the name for those unseen, unsung workers who take away the bodies of those who die at home ... [and] begins to see his father not through the lens of a wronged and resentful child, but as a sympathetic, imperfect man who loves his family despite his flaws"--

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Added: August 1, 2014
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Unruly : the highs and lows of becoming a man Ja Rule, author.
"Ja Rule, actor, singer, songwriter, and one of the most multi-dimensional rap artists of his time, tells his compelling story--from his youth to his rise to international fame to his transformative two years in Federal prison--and reveals the man beneath the legend. Unruly is two stories that offer one complete picture of a man and his world: the angry, fatherless rapper, Ja Rule who was "raised by the streets", and Jeffrey Atkins, the insightful, reflective father and loyal husband who learned the hard way how to be a good man."--from publisher's web site.

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Added: August 1, 2014
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I said yes to everything : a memoir Grant, Lee, 1927-
An Academy Award-winning actress and former Vogue "It Girl" describes her rise to fame and the subsequent destruction of her career caused by being added to the Hollywood blacklist and how she eventually rebuilt her life and career after being exonerated.

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Added: July 31, 2014
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Chuvalo : a fighter's life : the story of boxing's last gladiator Chuvalo, George, 1937- author.

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Good Chinese wife : a love affair with China gone wrong Blumberg-Kason, Susan, author.
"When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with Chinese culture, started graduate school in Hong Kong, she quickly fell for Cai, the Chinese man of her dreams. As they exchanged vows, Susan thought she'd stumbled into an exotic fairy tale, until she realized Cai-- and his culture-- were not what she thought."--Page 4 of cover.

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Added: July 31, 2014
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Say it loud! : the life of James Brown, soul brother no. 1 Rhodes, Don, author.
"Say It Loud! pays tribute to Brown and his storied career, with a close and comprehensive look at the life of the legendary singer at his home in Augusta, Georgia, and the family he left behind. It bears out the reputation of the man with the famous cape as the hardest-working man in show business, bringing the full story of a conscientious performer and consummate professional with a fascinating and controversial personal life."--Page 4 of cover.

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Added: July 31, 2014
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Brando's smile : his life, thought, and work Mizruchi, Susan L. (Susan Laura)
Brando the movie star: the hunk, the scandals. Mizruchi finds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected books, the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper, the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters, the man who used his fame to foster Indian and civil rights. She shows how Brando's embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles to foster empathy on a global scale and to test himself.

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Added: July 30, 2014
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When money grew on trees : A. B. Hammond and the age of the timber baron Gordon, Greg, 1963- author.

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Added: July 29, 2014
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Little drifters : Kathleen's story, a devastating account of a stolen childhood O'Shea, Kathleen, author.

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Added: July 29, 2014
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Keeping faith : a father-and son story about love and the United States Marine Corps Schaeffer, Frank.
A dual memoir follows how the youngest son of a privileged New England family joined the Marines, and how experiences reshaped his father's beliefs about the characters of people in the military service.

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Added: July 29, 2014
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Fierce patriot : the tangled lives of William Tecumseh Sherman O'Connell, Robert L.
A profile of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his character to discuss such topics as his achievements as a military strategist, his contributions to the Transcontinental Railroad, and his tempestuous family relationships.

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Added: July 28, 2014
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North of normal : a memoir of my wilderness childhood, my unusual family, and how I survived both Person, Cea Sunrise.
Growing up off the grid amid multiple generations of dysfunction, former model Person chronicles her journey to reclaim her life on her own terms. Determined to abandon civilization for a hand-to-mouth existence in the wild, her charismatic grandfather Papa Dick uprooted the Person clan from suburban California to the forests of Canada when she was just a baby. Together with her teenage mother Michelle--her father long gone--Person spent the next decade of her life living in and out of canvas tipis with neither electricity nor running water, at the mercy of fierce storms, food shortages, and an array of grown-ups more interested in having a groovy time than in parenting a child.

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Added: July 24, 2014
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Molly's game : from Hollywood's elite to Wall Street's billionaire boys club, my high-stakes adventure in the world of underground poker Bloom, Molly, author.
When Molly Bloom was a little girl growing up in a small Colorado town, she watched her brothers win medals, ace tests, and receive high praise from everyone they met. Molly wanted nothing more than to bask in that glow a little herself, so she pushed herself too--as a student, as an athlete. She was successful but felt like she was always coming from behind. She wanted to break free, to find a life without rules and limits, a life where she didn't have to measure up to anyone or anything--where she could become whatever she wanted. Molly wanted more, and she got more than she could have ever bargained for. In Molly's Game, Molly Bloom takes the reader through her adventures running an exclusive high-stakes private poker game. Her clients ranged from iconic stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck to politicians and financial titans so powerful they moved markets and changed the course of history. With rich detail, Molly describes a world that until now has been shrouded in glamour, privilege, and secrecy, one where she fearlessly took on the Russian and Italian mobs--until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart, even though she had justice on her side: the United States government.

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Added: July 23, 2014
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Diary of a mad diva Rivers, Joan, author.
"A no-holds-barred ... look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her ... signature style"--Dust cover flap.

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Added: July 23, 2014
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Louisa Catherine : the other Mrs. Adams Heffron, Margery M., 1939-2011.
Presents the life of the wife of the sixth president, covering her early life abroad, her diplomatic mission in Russia, her role as a famous Washington hostess, and her participation in the political and social events of her time.

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Added: July 23, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions Dennison, Matthew.
The critically acclaimed author of The Last Princess presents an accessible account of Queen Victoria's life that examines her contradictory views and lasting influence, covering such topics as her reinvention of the monarchy, relationship with her mother and self-reliance in widowhood.

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Added: July 23, 2014
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The real Custer : from boy general to tragic hero Robbins, James S., 1962-

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Added: July 21, 2014
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Atlas girl : finding home in the last place I thought to look Wierenga, Emily T., 1980-

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Added: July 21, 2014
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Songs only you know Hoen, Sean Madigan, 1977-

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Added: July 18, 2014
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Sandy Koufax : a lefty's legacy Leavy, Jane.

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Added: July 18, 2014
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Candy at last Spelling, Candy.
After thirty-eight years of marriage to influential producer Aaron Spelling, Candy is now adjusting to life on her own. She's ready to share how his illness caused her to question her identity, how she's reinvented herself, and her misadventures in dating and sex, and the notorious rift and reconciliation with her daughter, Tori. Along the way, Candy reveals dishy stories of her Hollywood friends.

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Added: July 18, 2014
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John XXIII : the medicine of mercy Faggioli, Massimo.

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Added: July 18, 2014
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Good morning, Mr Mandela La Grange, Zelda, author.
One of Mandela's three private secretaries and now working for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, "La Grange pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him: a teacher who gave her the most valuable lessons of her life. The Mr. Mandela we meet in these pages is a man who refused to be defined by his past, who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing, and direct. As he renewed his country, he also freed La Grange from a closed world of fear and mistrust, giving her life true meaning"--Amazon.com.

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Added: July 18, 2014
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Charmed lives : a family romance Korda, Michael, 1933-

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Added: July 17, 2014
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Elvis Presley : the man. the life. the legend Keogh, Pamela Clarke.
A portrait of the pop culture icon examines his ongoing influence in the fashion world, describing his style choices as a long-haired Memphis youth, a clean-cut Hollywood celebrity, and a jumpsuit-donning Las Vegas performer.

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Added: July 17, 2014
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Christmas box miracle : my spiritual journey of destiny, healing and hope Evans, Richard Paul

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Added: July 17, 2014
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Romany and Tom : a memoir Watt, Ben, 1962- author.
A portrait from Everything But The Girl band member Ben Watt "of his [jazz musician and Shakespearean actor] parents' exceptional lives and marriage, depicted in a personal journey from his own wide-eyed London childhood, through years as an adult with children and a career of his own, to that inevitable point when we must assume responsibility for our own parents in their old age"--Amazon.com.

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Added: July 16, 2014
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis : a life beyond her wildest dreams Porter, Darwin.
Despite her unprecedented fame, most Americans know very few details about Jackie's emotional and romantic life in the aftermath of her marriages to an American president and subsequently to one of the world's richest men. The publication of this book will change all that, thanks to the years its authors have spent digging up indiscreet tales about the emotional entanglement of a woman whose romantic and sex life continued at full throttle through multiple menfolk and multiple partners most of them rich, famous, and very very quotable.

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Added: July 16, 2014
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Music at midnight : the life and poetry of George Herbert Drury, John, 1936- author.
Though he never published any of his English poems during his lifetime, George Herbert (1593-1633) is recognized as possibly the greatest religious poet in the language. Few English poets of his age still inspire such intense devotion today. In this richly perceptive biography, John Drury for the first time integrates Herbert's poems fully into his life, enriching our understanding of both the poet's mind and his work. --from publisher description

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Added: July 16, 2014
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Let the tornado come : a memoir Chin, Rita Zoey, author.
"From an award-winning poet comes this ... memoir about a young runaway, the trauma that haunted her as an adult, and the friendship with a horse that finally set her free"--

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Added: July 16, 2014
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