Adult Biographies

When pride still mattered : a life of Vince Lombardi Maraniss, David.
This book "is the quintessential story of the American family: how Vince Lombardi, the son of an immigrant Italian butcher, rose to the top, and how his character and will to prevail transformed him, his wife, his children, his players, his sport, and ultimately the entire country. It is also a vibrant football story as well as a study of national myths and an absorbing account of mythmakers"--Dust jacket.

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Added: November 7, 2014
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Ultramarathon man : confessions of an all-night runner Karnazes, Dean, 1962-
Karnazes is an ultramarathoner: a member of a small, elite, hard-core group of extreme athletes who race 100 miles and longer. They can run forty-eight hours and more without sleep. They can scale mountains, in brutally hot or cold weather, pushing their bodies, minds, and spirits well past what seems humanly possible. Karnazes has run 226.2 miles nonstop, he has completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley in 130-degree weather, and he is the only person to complete a marathon to the South Pole in running shoes. With an insight and candor rarely seen in sports memoirs, he reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and two children, and how running has made him who he is today--From publisher description.

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Added: November 7, 2014
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Herbie Hancock : possibilities Hancock, Herbie, 1940- author.
"The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time. In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way. From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis's second great quintet, from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock's undeniable musical genius. Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers"--

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Added: November 7, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Brothas be, yo like George, ain't that funkin' kinda hard on you? Clinton, George, 1940- author.
Traces the funk music legend's rise from a 1950s barbershop quartet to an influential multigenre artist, discussing his pivotal artistic and business achievements with "Parliament-Funkadelic.".

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Added: November 6, 2014
Type of Material: Book


I only know who I am when I am somebody else : my life on the street, on the stage, and in the movies Aiello, Danny, 1933- author.
The actor reminisces about his Hollywood years, tracing his brushes with the law, military service, long-time marriage, and contributions to such films as "Do the Right Thing," "The Godfather, Part II," and "Moonstruck."

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Added: November 6, 2014
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Founders' son : a life of Abraham Lincoln Brookhiser, Richard.
Argues that the sixteenth president of the United States was inspired by the Founding Fathers of the nation and struggled to carry on their work throughout his career.

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Added: November 6, 2014
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Sing me awake : a memoir of friendship Katz, Linda.

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Added: November 6, 2014
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Cash : the autobiography Cash, Johnny.
In an autobiography complemented by never-before-published photographs, the country singer looks back over his life, from his childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm to his battle with drugs to his myriad musical successes.

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Added: November 5, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Listen out loud : a life in music--managing McCartney, Madonna, and Michael Jackson Weisner, Ron, author.
Even hardcore music fans don't know the name Ron Weisner...but they should. A high-powered manager for over four decades, Ron worked alongside Madonna, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Gladys Knight, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, and, most notably, Michael Jackson. He saw the King of Pop through his game-changing multi-platinum albums Thriller and Off the Wall. He watched M.J.'s prickly father Joe run roughshod over both his son and industry execs. He fought back as the industry tried to steer Jackson in a musical direction that would have derailed his career. And he saw Michael suffer through devastating press coverage that turned the troubled singer's world upside down. Weisner's illuminating memoir Listen Out Loud underscores the destructive changes to the industry during his forty-year career, including the shift in focus from artistic integrity to the pursuit of cold hard numbers. It's an intimate glimpse into the music world from a man with a keen eye, sharp ears, and a big heart.

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Added: November 5, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Limonov Carrè€re, Emmanuel, 1957- author.
"This deft, timely translation of French writer and filmmaker Carrere's sparkling 2011 biography of Edward Limonov is an enthralling portrait of a man and his times. The subtitle is no exaggeration: Limonov, a prolific and celebrated author, cofounder of Russia's National Bolshevik Party, onetime coleader of the Drugaya Rossiya opposition movement, and current head of Strategy-31 (which organizes protests in Russia aimed at securing the right to peacefully assemble), has led an extraordinary life. Carrere suggests that Limonov's haphazard turns from budding poet, disillusioned emigre, New York City butler, and Parisian literary rock star to Russian countercultural maverick, Putin opponent, and political prisoner have been prompted by his drive for adventure and fame. Though his behavior is frequently reprehensible (including his lasting flirtation with authoritarian and fascist figures), Carrere's Limonov never dissolves in a mess of unfathomable contradictions. Instead, he emerges as a mirror through which the vortex of culture and politics in the late-Soviet and New Russian eras is reflected. In this astute, witty account, Limonov has found his ideal biographer. There are few more enjoyable descriptions of Russia today"--Publisher's Weekly.

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Added: November 5, 2014
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A man most driven : Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the founding of America Firstbrook, P. L. author.
"He fought and beheaded three Turkish commanders in duels. He was sold into slavery, then murdered his master to escape. He was captured by pirates--twice--and marched to the gallows to be hanged, only to be reprieved seconds before the noose dropped over his head. And all this happened before he was 30 years old. This is Captain John Smith's life. Everyone knows the story of Pocahontas and how she saved John Smith. And were it not for Smith's leadership, the Jamestown Colony would surely have failed. Yet Smith was a far more ambitious explorer and soldier of fortune than these tales suggest--and a far more ambitious self-promoter, too, so reputed for his truculence that the pilgrims of the Mayflower snubbed him when he offered them his services, though his 1614 map of New England (which he named) made him the unrivaled expert on America. Now, in the first major biography of Smith in decades, award-winning BBC filmmaker and author Peter Firstbrook traces the adventurer's astonishing exploits across three continents, testing Smith's claimed biography against the historical and geographical reality on the ground. A Man Most Driven delivers an enlightening dissection of this mythology-making man and the invention of America."--from publisher's description.

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Added: November 5, 2014
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The marquis : Lafayette reconsidered Auricchio, Laura.

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Added: November 5, 2014
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Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age Essinger, James, 1957-
Behind every great man, there's a great woman, no other adage more aptly describes the relationship between Charles Babbage, the man credited with thinking up the concept of the programmable computer, and mathematician Ada Lovelace, whose contributions, according to Essinger, proved indispensable to Babbage's invention. The Analytical Engine was a series of cogwheels, gear-shafts, camshafts, and power transmission rods controlled by a punch-card system based on the Jacquard loom. Lovelace, the only legitimate child of English poet Lord Byron, wrote extensive notes about the machine, including an algorithm to compute a long sequence of Bernoulli numbers, which some observers now consider to be the world's first computer program.

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Added: November 5, 2014
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Animals don't blush Gross, David R. (David Ross)

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Added: November 5, 2014
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George Marshall : a biography Unger, Debi, author.
Presents a complete picture of the life of George C. Marshall, from his childhood and military training through his role as chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II and his leadership efforts as Secretary of State in rebuilding post-war Europe.

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Added: November 5, 2014
Type of Material: Book


The loyal lieutenant : leading out Lance and pushing through the pain on the rocky road to Paris Hincapie, George, 1973- author.
American cyclist "Big George" Hincapie-- a record seventeen-time Tour de France participant, Olympian, and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case-- offers an insightful account of his esteemed career and a sports era defined by performance-enhancing drug use. Hincapie speaks openly about his relationship with Armstrong, how he himself began doping, and why he quit long before the headline-making revelations. His personal evolution is the journey of a man dedicated to coming clean about his past and to restore honor to the sport he loves.

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Added: November 5, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Hillary : the photographs of Diana Walker Walker, Diana (Diana H.), photographer.

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Added: November 4, 2014
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Leonard Bernstein : an American musician Shawn, Allen, author.

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Added: November 4, 2014
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Derek Jeter #2 : thanks for the memories Fischer, David, 1963-
"This book commemorates "The Captain's" career in pinstripes through words and images. David Fischer traces Derek Jeter's legendary baseball career, from his early minor-league struggles, through his exhilarating days as a Yankees superstar, to his status as an enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. Indeed, Jeter's intangible ability to play at a high level in the postseason makes him the face of the modern Yankees dynasty--and of America's national pastime. Fischer makes clear that Jeter walks in the footsteps of other Yankees greats such as Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and that someday his shadow will loom just as large"--

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Added: November 4, 2014
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Barefoot to billionaire : reflections on a life's work and a promise to cure cancer Huntsman, Jon M.
The billionaire entrepreneur and father of a former governor revisits key moments in his life that shaped his views on faith, family, and the responsibilities of wealth, describing his and his wife's commitment to donate their fortune to cancer research.

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Added: November 3, 2014
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Stolen innocence : my story of growing up in a polygamous sect, becoming a teenage bride, and breaking free of Warren Jeffs Wall, Elissa.

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Added: November 3, 2014
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Mark Twain's America : a celebration in words and images Katz, Harry L., author.
"Mark Twain is an American icon. We now know him as the author of classics, but in his day he was a controversial satirist and public figure who traveled the world and healed post-Civil War America with his tall tales, witty anecdotes, and humorous but insightful novels and stories. Twain's legacy continues to flourish over 100 years after his death. MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA features spectacular examples of Twain memorabilia and period Americana from the unsurpassed collections of the Library of Congress: rare illustrations, vintage photographs, popular and fine prints, period views, caricatures, cartoons, maps, and more. Excerpts from Twain's writings are framed in a lively narrative by author Harry L. Katz. Covering the years between 1850 and 1910, the book gives readers an intimate view of Twain's many roles in life: Mississippi river boat pilot, California gold prospector, "printer's devil" at a small-town newspaper, muckraking journalist, novelist, public speaker extraordinaire, our first major celebrity author. Through letters, political cartoons, photographs and more, MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA offers an inside look into Twain's life as well as the literary, social, and political life of America during his time"--

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Added: October 31, 2014
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Without frontiers : the life and music of Peter Gabriel Easlea, Daryl, author.

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Added: October 31, 2014
Type of Material: Book


William Wells Brown : an African American life Greenspan, Ezra.
"Born into slavery in Kentucky, raised on the Western frontier on the farm adjacent to Daniel Boone's, "rented" out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the young man known as "Sandy" reinvented himself as "William Wells" Brown after escaping to freedom. He lifted himself out of illiteracy and soon became an innovative, widely admired, and hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British) and went on to write the earliest African American works in a plethora of genres: travelogue, novel (the now canonized Clotel), printed play, and history. He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights." -- Publisher's description.

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Added: October 31, 2014
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Reinhold Messner : my life at the limit Messner, Reinhold, 1944-

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Added: October 30, 2014
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All things possible : setbacks and success in politics and life Cuomo, Andrew Mark, 1957-
The governor of New York discusses both his personal life and his career in politics.

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Added: October 30, 2014
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Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite Kim, Suki, 1970- author.
It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields-- except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room. Suki Kim offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."

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Added: October 30, 2014
Type of Material: Book


The woman who would be king Cooney, Kara, author.
A portrait of the longest-reigning woman pharaoh in Ancient Egypt draws on surviving artifacts to consider her unprecedented rise, her achievements and why most of her monuments were destroyed after her death.

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Added: October 30, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Not my father's son : a memoir Cumming, Alan, 1965-
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

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Added: October 30, 2014
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The life and legends of Calamity Jane Etulain, Richard W.

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Added: October 29, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Eleanor of Aquitaine : the mother queen of the Middle Ages Seward, Desmond, 1935-

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Added: October 28, 2014
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Rasputin : a short life Welch, Frances, 1957-
"Told with humor, intrigue, and a shrewd eye for detail, this riveting short biography sheds much-needed light on the life of nineteenth-century Russian icon Grigory Rasputin. Grigory Rasputin, a Siberian peasant turned mystic and court sage, was as fascinating as he was unfathomable. He played the role of the simple man, eating with his fingers and boasting, 'I don't even know the ABC.' But, as the only person able to relieve the symptoms of hemophilia in the Tsar's heir Alexei, he gained almost hallowed status within the Imperial court. During the last decade of his life, Rasputin and his band of 'little ladies' came to symbolize all that was decadent, corrupt, and remote about the Imperial Family, especially when it was rumored that he was not only shaping Russian policy during the First World War, but also enjoying an intimate relationship with the Empress ... Rasputin's role in the downfall of the tsarist regime is beyond dispute. But who was he really? Prophet or rascal? A 'breath of rank air ... who blew away the cobwebs of the Imperial Palace,' as Beryl Bainbridge put it, or a dangerous deviant? Writing for historical aficionados and curious readers alike, Frances Welch turns her inimitable wry gaze on one of the great mysteries of Russian history."--from publisher's description.

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Added: October 28, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Boy on ice : the life and death of Derek Boogaard Branch, John (Sports reporter), author.
The "death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a ... work of narrative nonfiction, ... reporter John Branch tells the ... story of Boogaard's life and heartbreaking death"--Amazon.com.

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Added: October 28, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Johannes Brahms : a biography Swafford, Jan.
A biography of the nineteenth-century German composer looks at his daily life, his associates--including his relationships with Robert Schumann, Clara Shumann, Richard Wagner, and Eduard Hanslick--and his achievements as a composer.

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Added: October 27, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Brian Jones : the making of the Rolling Stones Trynka, Paul.
For the first time, the complete story of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones and the early years of the band. Brian Jones was the golden boy of the Rolling Stones, the visionary who gave the band its name and its sound. Yet he was a haunted man, and much of his brief time with the band, before his death in 1969 at the infamous age of twenty-seven, was volatile and tragic. Some of the details of how Jones was dethroned are well known, but the full story of his downfall is still largely untold. Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones' life, which for the first time details his pioneering achievements and messy unraveling. With more than 120 new interviews, Trynka offers countless new revelations and sets straight the tall tales that have long marred Jones' legacy. His story is a gripping battle between creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. It's all here: the girlfriends, the drugs, and some of the greatest music of all time. Victors get to write history, but it's rarely fully true. The complete, magnificent story of the Rolling Stones can never be told until we disentangle all the threads and put Brian Jones back in the foreground.

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Added: October 27, 2014
Type of Material: Book


The spiral staircase : my climb out of darkness Armstrong, Karen, 1944-
The author relates her decision to leave her convent after failing to find religious fulfillment, her struggles with depression and epilepsy, her realization of her calling, and her career working with sacred texts.

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Added: October 27, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Paterno legacy : enduring lessons from the life and death of my father Paterno, Jay.
Jay Paterno focuses on Joe Paterno's greatness as a father and grandfather, his actions as a miraculous coach to his players, and his skillful dealings with his assistant coaches. He paints a full picture of his father's life and career as well as documenting that almost none of the horrific crimes that came to light in 2012 took place at Penn State. In doing so he confronts the events that happened with cool facts and with passion, demonstrating that this was just one more case of an innocent man convicted by the media for a crime in which he had no part.

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Added: October 27, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Neil Patrick Harris : choose your own autobiography Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973-
The Emmy Award-winning star of How I Met Your Mother shares his experiences as a child star, Broadway performer and father in an over-the-top, humorous account creatively designed in the style of the popular interactive adventure series.

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Added: October 27, 2014
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The best in the world : at what I have no idea Jericho, Chris.
"The New York Times bestselling author, wrestler, metal rocker, and over-the-top media personality shares his latest wild and hilarious adventures. World Wrestling Entertainment has named Chris Jericho as one of the top ten wrestlers--and one of the top five talkers--of all time. Certainly, the past six years have been spectacular for Jericho. After a sluggish return from his 2005 sabbatical, Jericho found new inspiration in watching No Country for Old Men and completely reinvented his character--ultimately going on to capture three world WWE titles. The Best in the World chronicles some of the incredible and often preposterous highlights of Jericho's recent career, including: How Mickey Rourke challenged Jericho to a match, then backed out, Jericho's award-winning feud with Shawn Michaels, which culminated in Jericho knocking out Michael's wife in the ring, for real, his escape from the 2010 Icelandic volcanoes in a broken-down, European rental-car shuttle, his encounters with Bob Barker, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Al Sharpton, and Mike Tyson, and his on-again-off-again relationship with WWE chief Vince McMahon. Jericho has a one-of-a-kind comedic voice and a knack for getting himself into screwball situations--both in and out of the ring. See for yourself why he is the best in the world"--

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Added: October 27, 2014
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Mr. Hockey : my story Howe, Gordie, 1928- author.
A personal account by the hockey Hall of Famer traces his Depression-era childhood, record-setting career and enduring relationships with his wife and children.

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Added: October 27, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Special deluxe : [a memoir of life & cars] Young, Neil, 1945- author.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee traces his six-decade career through the cars he has owned, discussing how they are reflecting new understandings about the environmental impact of automobiles.

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Added: October 24, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Even this I get to experience Lear, Norman.
The legendary creator of iconic television programs All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Norman Lear remade our television culture, while leading a life of unparalleled political, civic, and social involvement. Sharing the wealth of Lear's ninety years, this is a memoir as touching and remarkable as the life he has led.

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Added: October 24, 2014
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Rocks : my life in and out of Aerosmith Perry, Joe, 1950- author.
Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll. With record-making hits and colossal album sales, Aerosmith has earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But theirs is ultimately a story of endurance, and it starts almost half a century ago with young Perry, the rebel whose loving parents wanted him to assimilate, but who quits school because he doesn't want to cut his hair. He meets Tyler in a restaurant in New Hampshire, sways him from pop music to rock-and-roll, and it doesn't take long for the "Toxic Twins" to skyrocket into a world of fame and utter excess. From the mega-successful song and music video with Run DMC, "Walk This Way," to the realization that he can't pay his room service bill, Perry takes a personal look into the human stories behind Aerosmith, the people who enabled them, the ones who controlled them, and the ones who changed them.

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Added: October 23, 2014
Type of Material: Book


Dancing with myself Idol, Billy.
In this bold and candid memoir, music legend Billy Idol shares his life story, from his childhood in England to his rise to fame during the height of the punk pop revolution, revealing intimate details about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll that he is so fabulously famous for-all told in his own utterly indelible voice. An integral member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into '80s pop mainstream--and one of MTV's first stars--Billy Idol remains an iconic music legend. Now, in his long awaited Dancing With Myself, he delivers a lively, candid account of his journey to fame, including intimate and unapologetic details about his life's highs and lows, all rendered with the in your face attitude and exuberance his fans have embraced. Idol brings to life the key events that shaped his life, his music, and his career, including his early childhood in England, his year at Sussex University, and his time spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols and as a member of punk bands Chelsea and Generation X. He shares outtakes from his wildly and unexpectedly successful solo career and stories behind his string of popular hits, including "White Wedding," "Eyes Without a Face," and "Rebel Yell," which involved close collaboration with Steve Stevens and ultimately led to the creation of some of the most groundbreaking music videos ever seen. Featuring sixteen pages of full color, behind the scenes photos, Dancing With Myself is both a tale of survival and a celebration of the heady days when punk was born, a compelling and satisfying insider's tale from a man who made music history firsthand.

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Added: October 23, 2014
Type of Material: Book


An Obama's journey : my odyssey of self-discovery across three cultures Ndesandjo, Mark Obama.

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Added: October 23, 2014
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The White Horse King : the life of Alfred the Great Merkle, Ben.

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Added: October 21, 2014
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Anastasia : the lost princess Lovell, James Blair, 1951-

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Added: October 20, 2014
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