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.
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.
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.
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.
The real Custer : from boy general to tragic hero Robbins, James S., 1962-
Atlas girl : finding home in the last place I thought to look Wierenga, Emily T., 1980-
Songs only you know Hoen, Sean Madigan, 1977-
Sandy Koufax : a lefty's legacy Leavy, Jane.
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.
John XXIII : the medicine of mercy Faggioli, Massimo.
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.
Charmed lives : a family romance Korda, Michael, 1933-
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.
Christmas box miracle : my spiritual journey of destiny, healing and hope Evans, Richard Paul
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.
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.
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
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"--
Myself when young : the shaping of a writer Du Maurier, Daphne, 1907-1989.
Sharon Tate : recollection Tate, Debra (Debra Ann), 1952- author.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her generation, Sharon Tate remains a fascinating pop icon and a poster child for the 1960s. The few films she made during her brief career have secured her position as a Hollywood legend. Over forty years since her last film, Sharon's spirit and charisma lives strong in the memories of those who knew her best. Her sister Debra celebrates Sharon's life and career, her influence as a fashion icon throughout the world, and in effect presents a sociological portrait of the 1960s-- its youth culture, the sexual revolution, the rise of independent cinema, and Hollywood's changing studio system.
Big little man : in search of my Asian self Tizon, Alex.
"Why do so many people find Asian women sexy but Asian men sexless? Alex Tizon's family emigrated from the Philippines when he was four. He quickly learned to be ashamed of his face, his color, his physical size. In movies and on television he saw Asian men as 'servants, villains, or geeks, one-dimensional, powerless, sneaky little men.' His fierce and funny observations of sex and the Asian American male include the story of his own college life in the 1980s, a tortured tutorial on just how little sex appeal accrued to the Asian man. And then, two transformations. First, Tizon's growing understanding that shame is universal, that his own just happened to take racial shape. Next, seismic cultural changes--from Xiu Xiang's 2004 Olympic gold-winning sprint, to Jerry Yang's phenomenal success with Yahoo! Inc., to Keanu Reeves' leading-man status in The Matrix--that draw him out of his exile. Finally, Tizon's deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed for the Asian American man"--
A long way home : [a memoir] Brierley, Saroo, author.
This is the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home, but an identity long-since left behind. At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, he always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family. This is a true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope. When the author used Google Earth to find his long-lost birthplace half a world away, his story made global headlines. That story is being published in several languages around the world and is currently being adapted into a major feature film. The author was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania. -- Provided by publisher.
Scalia : a court of one Murphy, Bruce Allen, author.
"This is the compelling story of one of the most polarizing figures ever to serve on the nation's highest court. Antonin Scalia knew only success in the first fifty years of his life. His sterling academic and legal credentials led him to the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in 1982. Just four years later, he outmaneuvered the more senior Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. Scalia's legal brilliance and personal magnetism led everyone to predict he would unite a new conservative majority and change American law in the process. The prediction was half right: he did alter the legal landscape through his theories of textualism and originalism, but his conservatism was informed as much by his traditional Catholicism and conservative partisanship as by his reading of the constitution. By alienating swing justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, he prevented the conservative majority from coalescing for nearly two decades. Breaking with the tradition that justices should speak only through their decisions, he tested the Court's ethical boundaries with opinionate speeches and contentious public appearances, turning the institution into a partisan target"--From publisher description.
Rebbe : the life and teachings of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the most influential Rabbi in modern history Telushkin, Joseph, 1948-
The inspiring story of the prominent yet deeply modest leader who rebuilt a dwindling post-holocaust community into the most influential Jewish organization in the world, the late Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
Perfectly miserable : guilt, God, and real estate in a small town Stuart, Sarah Payne, author.
"A wryly comic memoir that examines the pillars of New England WASP culture-class, history, family, money, envy, perfection, and, of course, real estate-through the lens of mothers and daughters. At eighteen, Sarah Payne Stuart fled her mother and all the other disapproving mothers of her too perfect hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, only to return years later when she had children of her own. Whether to defy the previous generation or finally earn their approval and enter their ranks, she hurled herself into upper-crust domesticity full throttle. In the twenty years Stuart spent back in her hometown-in a series of ever more magnificent houses in ever grander neighborhoods-she was forced to connect with the cultural tradition of guilt and flawed parenting of a long legacy of local, literary women from Emerson's wife, to Hawthorne's, to the most famous and imposing of them all, Louisa May Alcott's iconic, guilt-tripping Marmee. When Stuart's own mother dies, she realizes that there is no one left to approve or disapprove. And so, with her suddenly grown children fleeing as she herself once did, Stuart leaves her hometown for the final time, bidding good-bye to the cozy ideals invented for her by Louisa May Alcott so many years ago, which may or may not ever have been based in reality"--
Sylvia : queen of the headhunters : an eccentric Englishwoman and her lost kingdom Eade, Philip.
Documents the story of the world's first white Ranee, the controversial consort of Sir Vyner Brooke, covering her relationship with her family, her role as her husband's private secretary, her decadence, and her literary achievements.
Simply rich : life and lessons from the cofounder of Amway : a memoir DeVos, Richard M.
Following on the success of DeVos's bestselling books about the world of business, he reveals his personal story for the first time ever. Simply Rich is a candid telling of his journey from rags to riches, from a small start-up business to giant success, and from doubts to dreams come true. Born to second-generation Dutch immigrants in rural Michigan during the Depression, DeVos learned early on the importance of leadership as well as partnership. While still in school, he met a classmate and neighbor, Jay Van Andel, who became his best friend and eventually his business partner. A lasting friendship sustained their fledgling business, which grew into the international success of Amway. In addition to stories of his business success, DeVos shares candidly about his marriage and family, his experiences as a motivational speaker and author, his ownership of the NBA's Orlando Magic, and his philanthropic, reli-gious, and political endeavors.
John Mullan : the tumultuous life of a western road builder Petersen, Keith, author.
"John Mullan's celebrated road--a 625-mile link that connected the Missouri and Columbia Rivers--established the West Point graduate as an accomplished engineer... Keith Petersen takes a fresh look at Mullan, whose road significantly impacted the development of the Northwest. His story includes business partnerships and personal relationships with some of the West's most intriguing characters: Father Pierre-Jean DeSmet, General William T. Sherman, Chico founder John Bidwell, Idaho gold discoverer Elias Pierce, Yakama Indian chief Owhi, and others."--Publishers website
The original guitar hero and the power of music : the legendary Lonnie Johnson, music, and civil rights Alger, Dean, author.
John Lennon, Cynthia.
Sally Ride : America's first woman in space Sherr, Lynn, author.
The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride's family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys' club to a more inclusive elite.
The loyal lieutenant : leading out Lance and pushing through the pain on the rocky road to Paris Hincapie, George, 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.
Good hunting : an American spymaster's story Devine, Jack, 1940-
"A master class in spycraft from one of its greatest practitioners. Jack Devine is one of the legendary spymasters of our time. He was in Chile when Allende fell, he ran Charlie Wilson's war in Afghanistan, he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it, he caught Pablo Escobar in Colombia, he tried to warn George Tenet that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. Devine served America's interests for more than thirty years in a wide range of covert operations, ultimately overseeing the Directorate of Operations, a CIA division that watches over thousands of American covert operatives worldwide. Good Hunting is his guide to the art of spycraft, told with great wit, candor, and commonsense wisdom. Caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right, and pilloried by the left, the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Devine knows more than almost anyone about the CIA's vital importance as a tool of American statecraft. Now, as he sees it, the agency is trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, being transformed into a paramilitary organization. Its capacity to do what it does best has been seriously degraded. In wonderfully readable prose, Good Hunting aims to set the record straight. This is a revelatory inside look at an organization whose history has not been given its real due"--
Hard choices Clinton, Hillary Rodham, author.
Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
My Salinger year Smith Rakoff, Joanna, 1972-
"At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. At night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger's voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency's decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger's devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger's, on her own dangerous and liberating terms" --
Margarita Wednesdays : making a new life by the Mexican sea Rodriguez, Deborah.
"After being advised to commune with glowworms and sit in contemplation for one year, [hairdresser and motivational speaker] Rodriguez finally packs her life and her cat into her Mini Cooper and moves to a seaside town in Mexico. Despite having no plan, no friends, and no Spanish, a determined Rodriguez soon finds herself swept up in a world where the music never stops and a new life can begin. Her adventures and misadventures among the expats and locals help lead the way to new love, new family, and a new sense of herself"--Amazon.com.
My accidental jihad : a love story Bremer, Krista.
A full-length account of a Pushcart Prize-winning essay describes the author's experiences as the journalist wife of a Libyan-born Muslim with whom she lives in the American south, a relationship that has endured prejudices and respective views about family and parenting.
Dylan : the biography McDougal, Dennis.
The man from Essence : creating a magazine for Black women Lewis, Edward, 1940- author.
The co-founder of Essence magazine recounts how his early life in a violent South Bronx neighborhood and a strong family work ethic inspired him to create a magazine for black women and overcome the career challenges that followed.
The extraordinary life of Rebecca West Gibb, Lorna.
Numerous biographies have been published about the England-born author, journalist, and critic Cicely Isabel Fairfield (1892-1983), otherwise known as Rebecca West. But Gibb offers a fresh look at a writer who was ahead of her time in the early 20th century. West ("The Return of the Soldier") had many successes but also experienced heartache and struggle. While she lived an accomplished career, had many love affairs, including one with H.G. Wells that produced an illegitimate son, and was wed for over three decades to banker Henry Maxwell Andrews, she also encountered a challenging childhood, a strained relationship with her son, and issues in her marriage. Gibb's passion for her subject is illustrated in the writing's rich detail, readers feel like they're witnessing the described accounts firsthand. Using West's correspondences and personal papers, media interviews, and conversations with the writer's friends and employees, the author captures West's point of view and describes how this complicated individual interpreted her relationships and experiences.
What it takes : fighting for my life and my love of the game Herzlich, Mark.
" In 2011, Mark Herzlich became a starting linebacker for a New York Giants team that would win the Super Bowl-just two years after he had been told that he would never play football again. Now Herzlich tells his triumphant story for the first time. As a child, Herzlich found an inspiring and grounding force in football, eventually turning his passion into a first-team All-American spot at Boston College. But after being named the conference's top defensive player his junior season, the budding star was sidelined by a persistent, debilitating pain in his left leg. After months of tests, Herzlich received a shocking diagnosis: He had Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Doctors put his odds of survival as low as fifteen percent-and no one thought he would be able to run, much less play, again. Then Herzlich learned of a radical alternative treatment that would give him the best chance to regain his strength and maybe even play football again. He had a choice to make, one that would allow him the chance to return to the game he loved, but it came at the risk of his life. Herzlich relied on family, friends, faith, and deep wells of determination to help him through treatment, and his drastic plan worked. Not only could he run, but he was stronger than ever physically, and mentally ready to battle his way to a spot on an NFL roster. When he was passed over by all 32 teams in the draft, he dug deeper and continued his training, winning a spot in the Giants' training camp, and eventually, on the team. Mark Herzlich fought a battle against cancer, against statistics, and some days against himself. Told with candor and raw emotion, this is a story for anyone who has ever fought to beat the odds, for anyone who has ever been told that what they are about to attempt is next to impossible. Herzlich's story embodies powerful lessons about what can be achieved through persistence and belief, and he serves as living proof that overcoming the impossible is only the beginning. With a foreword by New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin"--
Jim Morrison : life, death, legend Davis, Stephen, 1947-
Robert A. Heinlein. Volume 2, 1948-1988, the man who learned better : in dialogue with his century Patterson, William H., 1951-
Special heart : a journey of faith, hope, courage, and love Baier, Bret, author.
Journalist Baier "reflects on past challenges as he looks forward with hope, chronicling the steps on his path to national prominence as a television anchor, as well as his unexpected journey into the world of pediatric cardiac disease"--Provided by publisher.
J.D. Salinger : the escape artist Beller, Thomas, author.
"Three years after his death at ninety-one, J.D. Salinger remains our most mythic writer. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) became an American classic, and he was for a long time the writer for The New Yorker. Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters introduced, by way of the Glass family, a new type in contemporary literature: the introspective, voluble cast of characters whose stage is the Upper East Side of New York. But fame proved a burden, and in 1963 Salinger fled to New Hampshire, spending the next half century in isolation. Beller has followed his subject's trail, from his Park Avenue childhood to his final refuge, barnstorming across New England to visit various Salinger shrines, interviewing just about everyone alive who ever knew Salinger. The result is a quest biography in the tradition of Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, a book as much about the biographer as about the subject--two vivid, entertaining stories in one"--
Coming home to myself Judd, Wynonna, 1964-
The Los Angeles diaries : a memoir Brown, James, 1957-
I will lead you along : the life of Henry B. Eyring Eaton, Robert I., author.
Roy Buchanan : American axe Carson, Phil.
From the birth of rock and roll to his puzzling death in 1988, guitarist Roy Buchanan forged a wildly emotive style melding blues, country, jazz, and rock and roll. With a genius for expression that ranged from explosive to heartbreaking, and an astonishing arsenal of techniques, Buchanan was on the road to fame in 1957 - at the age of 17. But this enigmatic, demon-chasing guitarist became a reluctant superstar, even turning down an offer to join the Rolling Stones. This vivid narrative zeroes in on Buchanan's odyssey through America's honky-tonks and beer joints - where he played free from the trappings of fame.
Murdering my youth : a memoir McClain, Cady, 1969- author.
Strange beautiful music : a musical memoir Satriani, Joe.
Go behind the scenes with the musician The New York Times called "a guitar God!" Oft-hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of his generation, living guitar legend Joe Satriani has long transcended stylistic boundaries with a sound that raises the bar like a new horizon for the broader genre of instrumental guitar rock. Joe's 6-string secrets have astounded listeners around the world for nearly 30 years. In Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, Satriani and coauthor, music biographer Jake Brown, take fans on their first authorized tour of the story behind his climb to stardom and the creative odyssey involved in writing and recording a storied catalog of classics including "Surfing with the Alien," "Summer Song," "Satch Boogie," "Always With Me, Always With You," "The Extremist," "Flying in a Blue Dream," "Crowd Chant," and more. Featuring previously unpublished photos and hours of exclusive, firsthand interviews with Satriani, Strange Beautiful Music offers a unique look inside the studio with Joe, giving fans a chance to get up close and personal like never before. With insider details about his collaboration with multi-platinum supergroup Chickenfoot, exclusive interviews with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, commentary from fellow guitar legends such as Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Primus's Larry LaLonde, and legendary music producers including Glynn Johns and the late Andy Johns, this memoir offers a rare inside look for die-hard Satriani fans, guitar enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to rock.
Hitchcock's partner in suspense : the life of screenwriter Charles Bennett Bennett, Charles, 1899-1995.
Unbreak my heart : a memoir Braxton, Toni, author.
The singer and star of "Braxton Family Values" reveals the measures she took to make herself and her family whole again after heart ailments and a diagnosis of lupus forced her to let go of her past and take charge of her own healing--physically and spiritually.
Stephen Crane : a life of fire Sorrentino, Paul, author.
Dreaming bears : a Gwich'in Indian storyteller, a southern doctor, a wild corner of Alaska Holloway, J. Michael, author.
"This is a true story of the rare friendship that develops between a young medical student with deep roots in the South and an elderly Indian couple in the wolds of northeast Alaska. In 1961, Mike Holloway, his brother Ted, and a college friend set out from South Carolina to spend the summer hiking in arctic Alaska, intending to live off the land. They end up in the homeland of the Gwich'in -- the northernmost Indians in North America. The young men charter a small plane into the isolated village of Venetie, and are directed to the remote cabins of Johnny and Sarah Frank, an elderly Gwich'in couple who lived a thirty-five mile walk from the village. Johnny was a well-known storyteller and former medicine man. Sarah made their home welcoming with warm, calm kindness. Mike's rich encounters in Gwich'in country deepen his live of wild land and his respect for those who depend upon it for their survival. The experience alters his life. He becomes the adopted grandson of Johnny and Sarah, returning to Alaska as a doctor and an advocate for the land and its people"--Page  of cover.
Seriously not all right : five wars in ten years Capps, Ron.
"SERIOUSLY NOT ALL RIGHT : Five Wars in Ten Years is a memoir by Ron Capps, who served both in military intelligence and in the foreign service and as an observer over the span of ten years in wars raging in three continents and over a span of a decade, from Kosovo to Darfur. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, and the William Rivkin Award for his work in Darfur. The victim of PTSD as the result of the human rights abuses he witnessed over this period, he subsequently obtained a medical discharge, earned a double masters degree in writing at Johns Hopkins University, and founded the Veterans Writing Project. He currently teaches at Walter Reed Hospital and George Washington University, and is the editor of the literary magazine Zero Dark Thirty"--
Robert Mitchum : "baby, I don't care" Server, Lee.
This eye-opening biography follows the life and high times of the cool and enigmatic film icon. The tough guy with the lazy style and the soulful eyes, Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's best loved actors and one of Hollywood's baddest boys until his death in 1997. 16-page photo insert.
Skydog : the Duane Allman story Poe, Randy, 1955-
The true story of legendary guitarist Duane Allman: his childhood and musical awakening, his struggling first bands, his hard-won mastery of the slide guitar, his emergence as an A-list studio musician, his creation of the Allman Brothers Band, his tragic death at age 24, and his thriving musical legacy. Author Randy Poe taps the people who knew Duane best--along the way chronicling the tumultuous era that shaped Allman and his music, and that he in turn transformed. Includes a comprehensive discography of Duane Allman's work with his own bands and on other artists' recordings, a meticulously researched roundup of his studio and stage instruments, and a look at the continuing lives and careers of Allman's friends and band mates.--From publisher description.
'Tis herself : an autobiography O'Hara, Maureen, 1920-
In an acting career of more than seventy years, Hollywood legend Maureen O'Hara came to be known as "the queen of Technicolor" for her fiery red hair and piercing green eyes. She had a reputation as a fiercely independent thinker and champion of causes, particularly those of her beloved homeland, Ireland. In 'Tis Herself, O'Hara recounts her extraordinary life and proves to be just as strong, sharp, and captivating as any character she played on-screen.
Under the eye of the clock : a memoir Nolan, Christopher, 1965-2009.
Fortune's children : the fall of the house of Vanderbilt Vanderbilt, Arthur T., 1950-
An account of a bygone world of privilege, money, power, and selfindulgence set in monumental mansions and country estates.
The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames Bird, Kai.
Drawing on extensive interviews with Ames' widow and quotes from his private letters, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a brilliant narrative of the making of America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East.
The phantom of Fifth Avenue : the mysterious life and scandalous death of heiress Huguette Clark Gordon, Meryl.
Fly a little higher : how God answered a mom's small prayer in a big way Sobiech, Laura.
Recounts the life of the seventeen-year old cancer patient who, after being told he had one year to live, wrote the song "Clouds" that climbed the music charts and inspired millions around the world.
Twenty years a-growing Ó Súileabháin, Muiris.
I heard my country calling : a memoir Webb, James H.
"James Webb, author of Fields of Fire, the classic novel of the Vietnam War--former U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart as a combat Marine, and a self-described 'military brat'--has written an extraordinary memoir of his early years, 'a love story--love of family, love of country, love of service,' in his words. Webb's mother grew up in the poverty-stricken cotton fields of eastern Arkansas. His father and life-time hero was the first of many generations of Webbs, whose roots are in Appalachia, to finish high school. He flew bombers in World War II, cargo planes in the Berlin Airlift, graduated from college in middle age, and became an expert in the nation's most advanced weaponry. Webb's account of his childhood is a tremendous American saga as the family endures the constant moves and challenges of the rarely examined Post-World War II military, with his stern but emotionally invested father, loving and resolute mother, a granite-like grandmother who held the family together during his father's frequent deployments, and an assortment of invincible aunts, siblings, and cousins. His account of his four years at Annapolis are painfully honest but in the end triumphant. His description of Vietnam's most brutal battlefields breaks new literary ground. One of the most highly decorated combat Marines of that war, he is a respected expert on the history and conduct of the war. Webb's novelist's eyes and ears invest this work with remarkable power, whether he is describing the resiliency that grew from constant relocations during his childhood, the longing for his absent father, his poignant goodbye to his parents as he leaves for Vietnam, his role as a 23-year-old lieutenant through months of constant combat, or his election to the Senate where he was known for his expertise in national defense, foreign policy, and economic fairness. This is a life that could only happen in America"--
Ted Williams, my father Williams, Claudia, 1971- author.
In this poignant memoir, Claudia Williams, the last surviving child of legendary Boston Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Ted Williams, tells her father's story, including never before told anecdotes about his life on and off the field that reveal the flesh and blood man behind "The Kid." Born after her father retired from baseball, Claudia Williams grew up with little idea that her dad was one of the most revered sports figures of all time, until she finally saw him in uniform at Fenway Park, receiving the adulation of thousands of fans.
Clark Gable : a biography Harris, Warren G.
A portrait of the legendary movie star describes Gable's youth, his rise to success during the golden age of Hollywood, his relationship with Joan Crawford, his great love for Carole Lombard, and other aspects of his colorful life and career.
Redeemer : the life of Jimmy Carter Balmer, Randall Herbert, author.
Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics are today seen as inseparable. But when Jimmy Carter, a Democrat and a born-again Christian, won the presidency in 1976, he owed his victory in part to American evangelicals, who responded to his open religiosity and his rejection of the moral bankruptcy of the Nixon Administration. Carter, running as a representative of the New South, articulated a progressive strand of American Christianity that championed liberal ideals, racial equality, and social justice--one that has almost been forgotten since. In Redeemer, acclaimed religious historian Randall Balmer reveals how the rise and fall of Jimmy Carter's political fortunes mirrored the transformation of American religious politics. From his beginnings as a humble peanut farmer to the galvanizing politician who rode a reenergized religious movement into the White House, Carter's life and career mark him as the last great figure in America's long and venerable history of progressive evangelicalism. Although he stumbled early in his career--courting segregationists during his second campaign for Georgia governor--Carter's run for president marked a return to the progressive principles of his faith and helped reenergize the evangelical movement. Responding to his message of racial justice, women's rights, and concern for the plight of the poor, evangelicals across the country helped propel Carter to office. Yet four years later, those very same voters abandoned him for Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party. Carter's defeat signaled the eclipse of progressive evangelicalism and the rise of the Religious Right, which popularized a dramatically different understanding of the faith, one rooted in nationalism, individualism, and free-market capitalism. An illuminating biography of our 39th president, Redeemer presents Jimmy Carter as the last great standard-bearer of an important strand of American Christianity, and provides an original and riveting account of the moments that transformed our political landscape in the 1970s and 1980s. -- Provided by publisher.
Softly, with feeling : Joe Wilder and the breaking of barriers in American music Berger, Edward, author.
In this biography the author tells trumpeter Joe Wilder's remarkable story, from his growing up in working-class Philadelphia to becoming one of the first 1,000 black Marines during World War II, and his achievements in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music. Wilder is also known as a pioneer who broke down racial barriers, the first African American to hold a principal chair in a Broadway show orchestra, and one of the first African Americans to join a network studio orchestra. Reminiscences by Wilder and his colleagues, including renowned Philadelphia-area musicians Jimmy Heath and Buddy DeFranco place Wilder's experiences within a broader context of American musical and social history.
Relapse Anderson, Jake, author.
The author, a fourth generation fisherman and a featured personality on the Discovery Channel television series Deadliest catch, recounts his life story, including deep-sea fishing off the coast of Alaska and in the Bering Sea, his passion for skateboarding, a series of personal tragedies, and his struggles with injury, addiction and homelessness.
Stalin : the court of the red tsar Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-
Wooden : a lifetime of observations and reflections on and off the court Wooden, John, 1910-2010.
Wooden shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence.
First they killed my father : a daughter of Cambodia remembers Ung, Loung.
From a childhood survivor of the brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of tragedy and spiritual triumph.
Will not attend : lively stories of detachment and isolation Resnick, Adam.
"An unabashedly hilarious memoir-in-essays from Adam Resnick, former writer for Late Night with David Letterman"--
Lifting my voice : a memoir Hendricks, Barbara.
Eric Liddell : pure gold : a new biography of the Olympic champion who inspired Chariots of fire McCasland, Dave.
Take this man : a memoir Skyhorse, Brando.
"From PEN/Hemingway award winner Brando Skyhorse comes this ... memoir in the vein of The glass castle or The tender bar, the true story of a boy's turbulent childhood growing up with five stepfathers and the mother who was determined to give her son everything but the truth. When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw no reason for her son to live his life as a Mexican just because he started out as one. The life of 'Brando Skyhorse,' the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin"--
Olivier Ziegler, Philip.
A finalist for the Sheridan Morley Prize that has been called "probably the best Olivier book for general readers" (Kirkus Reviews), Philip Ziegler's Olivier provides an incredibly accessible and comprehensive portrait of this Hollywood superstar, Oscar-winning director, and one who is considered the greatest stage actor of the twentieth century. The era abounded in great actor -- Gielgud, Richardson, Guinness, Burton, O'Toole - but none could challenge Laurence Olivier's range and power. By the 1940s he had achieved international stardom. His affair with Vivien Leigh led to a marriage as glamorous and as tragic as any in Hollywood history. He was as accomplished a director as he was a leading man: his three Shakespearian adaptations are among the most memorable ever filmed.
My crazy century Klíma, Ivan, author.
Czech writer Ivan Klima masterfully recounts, first, what it was like for him as a Jewish child confronting with his family the inhumanities of the Theresienstadt concentration camp situated at the edge of their hometown, Prague. Then, more fully, he painstakingly recalls what it was like for him and his countrymen after the Nazi thugs were driven out by the Soviet Army and replaced for four decades by the Communist thugs. Includes an appendix of essays on topics ranging from social history and political thinking to love and liberty.
The extravagant fool : a faith journey that begins where common sense ends Adams, Kevin, 1966-
Man stuff : thoughts on faith, family, and fatherhood Turner, Josh, author.
"In this compilation, Josh shares fun and meaningful thoughts and personal stories--ranging from his childhood years to today--and weaves in spiritual insight for men who want to be better dads, husbands, and men of God. He covers a variety of topics such as living and working with integrity, facing your fears, surrounding yourself with good company, trusting God's plans, standing up for the least of these--topics every man can relate to and draw from to grow in his spiritual and personal journeys."--Publisher's description.
Rebel with a cause Graham, Franklin, 1952-
Autobiography of Franklin Graham tells of growing up as the son of the best-known evangelist in the world, running away from what others expected of him, and details his involvement in relief work and evangelism during Desert Storm and in war-torn Rwanda, Croatia, and Nicaragua.
Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life Robbins, Tom, 1932- author.
Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe.
Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : [a memoir] Chast, Roz, author, illustrator.
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through a mixture of cartoons, family photos, documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet"--with predictable results--the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies--an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades--the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role, aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution, dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies, managing logistics, and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
Love & fury : a memoir Hoffman, Richard, 1949-
"An acclaimed author reflects on his upbringing in a post-World War II blue-collar family and comes to terms with the racism, sexism, and other toxic values he inherited ... tells a story that comprises five generations of an American family, examining the continuing impact of history as it shapes the lives of people struggling with the complexities of contemporary life. From the author's grandfather, a "breaker boy" sent down into the anthracite mines of Pennsylvania at the age of ten, to his young grandson, whose father is among the estimated one million young black men incarcerated today, Love & Fury offers an examination of the social, familial, and ethical contours of American life"--Provided by publisher.
West with the night Markham, Beryl.
West with the Night is the story of Beryl Markham--aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty--and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and '30s.
Black and white : the way I see it Williams, Richard, 1942-
"The gripping story of Richard Williams, the father who raised and trained two of the greatest women in sports, Venus and Serena. He achieved greatness in spite of hardship and disadvantages to become a successful businessman, family man and tennis coach"--
The impossible exile : Stefan Zweig at the end of the world Prochnik, George, author.
C.S. Lewis : a biography Wilson, A. N., 1950-
Provides a documented portrait of the well-known author.
Clouds of glory : the life and legend of Robert E. Lee Korda, Michael, 1933- author.
"Portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia. Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it) and ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee's dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation's preeminent military leader" --
Stand up straight and sing! Norman, Jessye.
Jessye Norman is not only one of the world's most admired and beloved opera stars--she is an American icon whose life story is as inspiring as the fictional plot triumphs she sang onstage. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, a descendant of many generations of hardworking slave and free ancestors, she grew up amid the challenges of Jim Crow racism, with the civil rights movement just beginning to awaken. Nurtured by a close family and tight-knit community centered on the local church, Jessye sang songs and spirituals constantly, never dreaming that it might lead to a career. Only when she watched a documentary about the legendary Marian Anderson did she first realize that singing could be a profession. Decades later, after a meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera, a long-delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera, and forays into spirituals, blues, jazz, and other roots music, she has become one of America's cultural treasures. This is an inspiring woman's account of an astonishing life.--From publisher description.
Belle : the slave daughter and the Lord Chief Justice Byrne, Paula.
The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was sent to live with her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. Growing up in his lavish estate, Dido was raised as a sister and companion to her white cousin, Elizabeth. When a joint portrait of the girls, commissioned by Mansfield, was unveiled, eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and white woman depicted as equals.
Seattle pioneer midwife : Alice Ada Wood Ellis : midwife, nurse & mother to all : as told by her great-granddaughter Fleming, Susan E.
This is the captivating story of my great-grandmother Alice Ada Wood Ellis - who was a single mother with two small children - Myrtle who was 2 1/2 years old and Marie who was a 6 month-old baby. She traveled to Seattle in 1900 on a locomotive steam train to join the Alaska-Yukon-Klondike Gold Rush Stampede. She built a home in Green Lake. Soon after she placed two beds in her front parlor in her home and helped women with birthing. She fulfilled her calling as a pioneer midwife-nurse. This epic saga includes life in 1895 nursing schools, train robbers, birthing in the home, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, women's suffrage, bubonic plague and unclaimed children. Stories from the 1918 Great Pandemic Flu and the Great Depression conclude this remarkable journey. This is Alice's story.
The catcher was a spy : the mysterious life of Moe Berg Dawidoff, Nicholas.
Keep the faith : a memoir Evans, Faith, 1973-
Faith Evan's first-person account of life at ground zero of hip-hop's greatest generation. She shares the truth about the love affair that changed her life, and the innuendo that rocked the hip-hop world to its core. From her passionate and tragically short-lived life with Biggie, Faith finally lays the true story on the line. We'll get to see the good, the bad and the ugly side of P Diddy, nobody knew either quite as well as Faith.--From publisher description.
Part swan, part goose : an uncommon memoir of womanhood, work and family Kurtz, Swoosie.
The closer : [my story] Rivera, Mariano, 1969-
Mariano Rivera tells his story for the first time: the championships, the bosses (including the Boss), the rivalries, the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United States, and of maintaining Christian values in professional athletics. The twelve-time All-Star will discuss what it's like to run up to that mound with the game, or the season squarely on his shoulders.
Life in motion : an unlikely ballerina Copeland, Misty.
As the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a ground-breaking ballerina.
Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe Guterl, Matthew Pratt, 1970- author.
James Madison : a life reconsidered Cheney, Lynne V.
"This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states--so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers--helped shape the country Americans live in today. Along with Thomas Jefferson, Madison would found the first political party in the country's history--the Democratic Republicans. As Jefferson's secretary of state, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. As president, Madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence--and remain a republic still"--
Just as I am : the autobiography of Billy Graham Graham, Billy, 1918-
One of the world's most respected religious leaders looks back on a lifetime of faith, commitment, personal relationships, and ministry, his associations with every U.S. president since Eisenhower, his longtime marriage, and his beliefs.
A farm dies once a year : a memoir Crawford, Arlo.
"An intimate, gorgeously observed memoir about family and farming that forms a powerful lesson in the hard-earned risks that make life worth living. The summer he was thirty-one, Arlo Crawford returned home for the summer harvest at New Morning Farm--seventy-five acres tucked in a hollow in south-central Pennsylvania where his parents had been growing organic vegetables for almost forty years. Like many summers before, Arlo returned to the family farm's familiar rhythms--rise, eat, bend, pick, sort, sweat, sleep. But this time he was also there to change his direction, like his father years ago. In the 1970s, well before the explosion of the farm-to-table and slow food movement, Arlo's father, Jim, left behind law school and Vietnam, and decided to give farming a try. Arlo's return also prompts a re-examination of a past tragedy: the murder of a neighboring farmer twenty years before. A chronicle of one full season on a farm, with all its small triumphs and inevitable setbacks, A Farm Dies Once a Year is a meditation on work--the true nature of it, and on taking pride in it--and a son's reckoning with a father's legacy. Above all, it is a striking portrait of how one man builds, sows, and harvests his way into a new understanding of the risks necessary to a life well-lived"--
I never met a story I didn't like : mostly true tall tales Snider, Todd.
Now you see me : how I forgave the unforgivable Sanders, Kathy.
" On April 19, 1995, Kathy Sanders' life was forever changed when a bomb exploded and destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, killing her two grandsons Chase and Colton. For a while after her grandchildren died, Kathy struggled with coping and wondered if the God she'd worshipped all her life even existed. After struggling through bitterness and contemplating suicide, she turned to the Lord and asked what He'd have her do. She was reminded that the scriptures say that we are to forgive our enemies. Kathy then forged a relationship with Terry Nichols, a man who murdered her grandchildren. Additionally she housed, clothed and cooked for Nichols' children, mother, sister, wife and ex-wife. What's more, she demonstrated the same type of warmth to family members of Timothy McVeigh, the second man convicted of orchestrating the bombing. With photos, interviews, and actual letters exchanged between Kathy and Terry Nichols, NOW YOU SEE ME will tell the story of how she forgave these men, cultivated relationships with their families and how her courageous efforts of forgiveness gave her peace and removed the bitterness from her life"--
East wind : a survivor's true story of faith in the Gulag of WWII Hunt, Ruth (Ruth E.)