New Biographies

Hunger : a memoir of (my) body

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by Gay, Roxane,
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
306 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number 306.4613 GAY
Summary In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring peoples shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as wildly undisciplined, Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. She explores her past, including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life, and brings listeners along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

On My Own

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:52
by Rehm, Diane,
Publisher Vintage Books, 2017. ©2016
162 pages: black and white photographs ; 20 cm.
Call Number B REHM
Summary "In an eloquent, deeply personal and moving book, beloved NPR radio host Diane Rehm speaks about the death of her husband of fifty-four years-- and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. John Rehm was diagnosed with Parksinson's. Nine years later, he passed away, having made the difficult choice to end his extended illness by refusing to eat, drink, or accept medication. This process transformed Diane into an advocate for increased conversation about end-of-life care and the right to die on one's own terms, as well as a brave and sympathetic voice for anyone who must learn how to live again after bereavement." --

Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 05:45
by Izzard, Eddie,
Publisher Blue Rider Press, [2017]
348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Call Number B IZZARD
Summary "Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows which have won over audiences around the world"--

You don't have to say you love me : a memoir

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 05:45
by Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
457 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number 818.54 ALE
Summary When his mother passed away at the age of seventy-eight, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. Featuring seventy-eight poems and seventy-eight essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine--growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

In the midnight hour : the life & soul of Wilson Pickett

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:41
by Fletcher, Tony,
Publisher Oxford University Press, [2017] ©2017
xv, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number 782.42164 FLE

Scrappy little nobody

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 02:27
by Kendrick, Anna
Publisher Touchstone, 2016.
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
xxiii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number B KENDRICK
Summary "A collection of whimsical autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air recounts memorable milestones from her New England upbringing to the blockbuster films that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses"--Baker & Taylor.

Daring to drive : a Saudi woman's awakening

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 05:23
by Sharif, Manal, 1979-
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2017
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
x, 289 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number B SHARIF
Summary A memoir by a Saudi Arabian woman who became the unexpected leader of a movement to support women's rights describes how fundamentalism influenced her radical religious beliefs until her education, a job, and legal contradictions changed her perspectives.

Between them : remembering my parents

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:59
by Ford, Richard, 1944-
Publisher Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
179 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary A stirring narrative of memory and parental love, Richard Ford tells of his mother, Edna, a feisty Catholic girl with a difficult past, and his father, Parker, a sweet-natured soft-spoken traveling salesman, both born at the turn of the twentieth century in rural Arkansas. For Ford, the questions of what his parents dreamed of and how they loved each other and him became a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century. With his celebrated candor, wit, and intelligence, the award-winning storyteller and creator of the iconic Frank Bascombe delivers an unforgettable exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.--

Dinner with DiMaggio : memories of an American hero

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:59
by Positano, Rock G,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
xiii, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number XX(1610348.8)
Summary "The real Joe DiMaggio, remembered by the man who knew him best in the last decade of his life--candid and little-known stories about icons from Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field. Dr. Rock Positano, an internationally renowned foot specialist in New York City, was introduced to Joe DiMaggio by the dean of New York sports writers, Bill Gallo, in 1990. The Yankee Clipper's career-ending heel spur injury and botched surgeries brought them together. During the time Dr. Positano successfully treated the Yankee Clipper, a friendship slowly developed. As Dr. Positano would learn, DiMaggio moved very carefully and deliberately. Dinner with DiMaggio follows the story of their friendship from its star-struck beginning through all its highs and lows over the next decade. Forty years younger than DiMaggio, Dr. Positano became a surrogate son at a time when his actual son was suffering from substance-abuse problems. Positano's accounts of their times together reveal DiMaggio's many rituals and quirks: the same meals at the same restaurants, the same pals in New York and Florida, jacket and tie everywhere. At the pinnacle of his fame, DiMaggio had learned to be guarded and carefully managed his image and private life. As his trust in his young friend grew, DiMaggio opened up about Marilyn, but also about his first wife, Dorothy Arnold, the mother of his son and the real love of his life. The Yankee Clipper knew everyone, and Positano shares never-before-told stories of famous people DiMaggio admired and those he didn't. This is DiMaggio as he really was: sometimes cranky and calculating, but more often charming, generous, loyal, and always big-hearted when it came to kids. The stories and experiences he shared with Rock Positano comprise an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and one of the icons of the twentieth century"-- "Revealing and little-known stories of the great Yankees Hall of Famer from the man who knew him best in the last ten years of his life -- from Ted Williams and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field"--

Jackie's girl : my life with the Kennedy family

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:59
by McKeon, Kathy,
Publisher Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017.
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm
Summary A coming-of-age memoir by a young woman who was Jackie Kennedy's personal assistant and sometime nanny for thirteen years describes her witness to significant historical events and the lessons about life and love she learned from the beloved First Lady.

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:59
by Epstein, Daniel Mark,
Publisher Ballantine Books, [2017]
First edition.
xx, 438 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number 973.3092 EPS

This is just my face : try not to stare

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:59
by Sidibe, Gabourey
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary With full-throttle honesty, Gabourey Sidibe shares her one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she's played onscreen since her unconventional rise to international fame in Lee Daniels' acclaimed movie Precious. Her memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight. Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, Gabby's book will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true--

Tell me everything you don't remember : the stroke that changed my life

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 22:44
by Lee, Christine Hyung-Oak,
Publisher Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
262 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number B LEE

Al Capone : his life, legacy, and legend

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 01:43
by Bair, Deirdre,
Publisher Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2016]
First edition.
x, 395 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number B CAPONE
Summary "Born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, to poor, Italian immigrant parents, Al Capone went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. In 1925, during the height of Prohibition, Capone's multi-million dollar Chicago bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling operation dominated the organized crime scene. His competition with rival gangs was brutally violent, a long-running war that crested with the shocking St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Through it all, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and the media elite, Capone remained above the fray; federal income-tax evasion was the strongest charge that could be made to stick, and in 1931, he was sentenced to eleven years in Federal prison. After serving six-and-a-half years, mostly in Alcatraz, a severely impaired Capone, badly damaged by neurosyphillis, was released to live out his final years with his family in Miami. From his heyday to our present moment, Al Capone's life has gripped the public imagination, and his gangster persona has been immortalized in the countless movies and books inspired by his exploits. But who was the man behind the legend? While some remember him as fundamentally kind and good, others speak of how frightening he was, a vicious, cold-blooded killer. Was Al really such a quotable wit? Did he really shower the poor with hundred-dollar bills and silver dollars from the window of his bullet-proof car? Did he really keep a bevy of mistresses ensconced in his hotel headquarters in Chicago? Writing with exclusive access to Capone's descendants, Deirdre Bair finally gets at the truth behind this eternally fascinating man, who was equal parts charismatic mobster, doting father, and calculating monster"--

Victoria : the heart and mind of a young queen

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 01:41
by Rappaport, Helen,
Publisher Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
300 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Call Number B VICTORIA
Summary The official companion to ITV's drama, 'The Victoria letters" delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England's greatest monarchs.

Leonard : my fifty-year friendship with a remarkable man

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 04:39
by Shatner, William,
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016 ©2017
First St. Martin's Griffin Edition: May 2017
290 pages : color photographs ; 22 cm
Call Number B NIMOY
Summary "Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles as Spock and Captain Kirk, in a new science fiction television series called Star Trek, would shape their lives in way no one could have anticipated. Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering tales from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life. As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another." --

Einstein's greatest mistake : a biography

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 19:36
by Bodanis, David,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. ©2016
xiv, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number B EINSTEIN
Summary A portrait of Albert Einstein shares critical insights into both the genius and hubris of modern physics, linking Einstein's popular downfall through the final decades of his life to the same imagination and self-confidence that ignited his early successes.

Charlton Heston : Hollywood's last icon

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 04:24
by Eliot, Marc,
Publisher Dey St., [2017] ©2017
First edition.
xvi, 553 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 791.4302 HES
Summary "The award-winning author of Walt Disney draws on firsthand diaries, letters and estate records in a portrait of the Hollywood icon, political activist and NRA president that explores Heston's storied career and role in Hollywood mythology,"--NoveList. "Charlton Heston starred in American movies for more than six decades, in roles that ranged from the Biblical leader Moses in The Ten Commandments to the title role in William Wyler's definitive Ben-Hur, to the heroic astronaut George Taylor in 1968's sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes, in addition to hundreds of other screen, theater, and television roles. He also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and more controversially, as the head of the National Rifle Association, which placed him at odds with Hollywood's then-prevalent left-leaning power elite. Bestselling author Marc Eliot's definitive biography, which benefits from extraordinary access to friends, family, and private papers, unravels the epic life story of one of America's most iconic actors, bringing to light Heston's greatest achievements as well as his greatest failures and regrets--culminating in an account that is informed, moving, artful, and honest. In it, Eliot lays bare the story of how a boy from the backwoods of Michigan went on to become Hollywood's go-to action and historical actor and left a legacy that helped define American movie heroes of the twentieth century. From Michigan to New York City to Hollywood, Eliot traces the footsteps of this extraordinary figure and sheds new light on one of America's greatest stars. In glistening detail, he examines and celebrates the lasting legacy of Charlton Heston, taking advantage of never-before-heard stories of Heston as husband, father, and unremitting actor whose stamp on Hollywood grows stronger every year."--Jacket.

American Ulysses : a life of Ulysses S. Grant

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 04:20
by White, Ronald C. (Ronald Cedric), 1939-
Publisher Random House, 2016.
First edition.
xxvii, 826 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Call Number B GRANT

No barriers : a blind man's journey to kayak the Grand Canyon

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 22:13
by Weihenmayer, Erik
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First edition.
xvi, 459 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Summary "No Barriers is about my journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where I am today. It is the story of my own life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world's great rivers as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people I've encountered along the way who possess what I call a "No Barriers" mindset, who live a No Barriers life. It highlights these pioneers who give those around them the courage to do great things. People who have risked failure, transcended their personal barriers, and shown others a way forward: scientists and innovators, artists and musicians, climbers and adventurers, activists and soldiers. No Barriers is a way of living, and it exists in all of us, like a deep internal light. But sometimes through trauma, loss, isolation, and disillusionment, people get shoved into a dark place, and that light is almost extinguished. Making hard choices is what feeds that light, and becomes the energy we need to propel us forward. This book is about making the hard choices to fuel that flickering light, so that we can ignite with purpose and become our very best selves"--