New Biographies

The price of illusion : a memoir

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by Buck, Joan Juliet,
Publisher Atria Books, 2017.
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Call Number B BUCK
Summary "From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, chronicling her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself. Born into a world of make-believe as the daughter of a larger-than-life film producer, Joan Juliet Buck's childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces, ever-changing home addresses, and a fascination with the shiny surfaces of things. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue's coveted position of Editor in Chief, a "figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty," she had the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life he'd enjoyed during his high-flying years, a splendid illusion of glamorous excess that could not be sustained indefinitely. Joan's memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s. But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey in beautiful and at times heartbreaking prose, taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding it's not what you'd imagined. While Joan's story is unique, her journey toward self-discovery is refreshing and universal"--

Perfect strangers : friendship, strength, and recovery after Boston's worst day

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:05
by Sdoia, Roseann,
Publisher PublicAffairs, [2017]
First edition.
vii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number B SDOIA

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Noah, Trevor, 1984-
Publisher Spiegel & Grau, [2016]
First edition.
x, 288 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number 792.7028 NOA
Summary One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of Apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Settle for more

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:52
by Kelly, Megyn,
Publisher Harper, [2016]
First edition.
viii, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Call Number 791.45 KEL
Summary Megyn Kelly, one of the most respected, hardest-hitting TV journalists in America, speaks candidly about her decision to "settle for more" -- a motto she credits as having changed her life, and the reason she abandoned a thriving legal career to follow her dream in the news business. She opens up about Donald Trump's feud with her, and the challenges she has faced as a professional woman and working mother. A deeply personal and surprising account, one that will inspire men and women of all ages and political persuasions to embrace the values of determination, honesty, and courage in the face of fear--

The princess diarist

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 19:38
by Fisher, Carrie,
Publisher Blue Rider Press, [2016]
257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number 818.5403 FIS
Summary "When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she had kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved--plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1976, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diariest is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time--and what developed behind the scenes ... Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty"--Jacket.

Gunslinger : the remarkable, improbable, iconic life of Brett Favre

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 16:30
by Pearlman, Jeff,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xiv, 432 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number B FAVRE
Summary "Gunslinger tells Brett Favre's story for the first time, drawing on more than five hundred interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts an unparalleled journey from his rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last scholarship at Southern Mississippi to a car accident that nearly took his life. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons, then finding his way to Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game. Yet he struggled with demons: addiction, infidelity, the loss of his father, and a fraught, painfully prolonged exit from the game he loved, a game he couldn't bear to leave,"

Victoria the queen : an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 16:30
by Baird, Julia (Julia Woodlands),
Publisher Random House, [2016]
First edition.
xlvii, 696 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, maps, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Call Number B VICTORIA
Summary A magnificent biography of Queen Victoria by International New York Times columnist Julia Baird. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, 'Victoria The Queen' is a stunning new portrait of the real woman behind the myth - a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience. When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would begin to threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger parts of the globe. Born into a world where woman were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty years old, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.

Martin Luther : renegade and prophet

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 00:29
by Roper, Lyndal,
Publisher Random House, [2017]
First edition.
xxxiii, 540 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Call Number B LUTHER
Summary "Examining the inner life of Martin Luther, the founding leader of the Reformation, the author reveals a literary genius who was full of contradictions and whose Ninety-Five Theses began the greatest upheaval and transformation of Christianity in history,"--NoveList.

Inferno : a doctor's Ebola story

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 00:14
by Hatch, Steven, 1969-
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
viii, 303 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number B HATCH
Summary "Dr. Steven Hatch first came to Liberia in November 2013, to work at a hospital in Monrovia. Six months later, several of the physicians Dr. Hatch had mentored and served with were dead or barely clinging to life, and Ebola had become a world health emergency. Hundreds of victims perished each week; whole families were destroyed in a matter of days; so many died so quickly that the culturally taboo practice of cremation had to be instituted to dispose of the bodies. With little help from the international community and a population ravaged by disease and fear, the war-torn African nation was simply unprepared to deal with the catastrophe. A physician's memoir about the ravages of a terrible disease and the small hospital that fought to contain it, Inferno is also an explanation of the science and biology of Ebola : how it is transmitted and spreads with such ferocity. And as Dr. Hatch notes, while Ebola is temporarily under control, it will inevitably re-emerge-as will other plagues, notably the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency. Inferno is a glimpse into the white-hot center of a crisis that will come again. "--

Madame President : the extraordinary journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 00:14
by Cooper, Helene,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
xi, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Summary "The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women's movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history,"--NoveList.

The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 00:14
by Finkel, Michael,
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First edition.
203 pages : map, illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number B KNIGHT
Summary "For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed, but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded"--Publisher description.

Just getting started

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 20:57
by Bennett, Tony, 1926-
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
First edition.
xii, 270 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 782.42164 BEN
Summary At ninety, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his next book. In 2012's Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he has learned over the years. Now, he pays homage to the remarkable people who inspired those lessons.

Last girl before freeway : the life, loves, losses, and liberation of Joan Rivers

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 20:57
by Bennetts, Leslie, 1949-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
First edition.
ix, 419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Call Number B RIVERS
Summary "Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers' career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life. A juicy, intimate biography of one of the greatest comedians ever--a performer whose sixty year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved--Last Girl Before Freeway delves into the inner workings of a woman who both reflected and redefined the world around her"

A life well played : my stories

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 02:45
by Palmer, Arnold, 1929-2016,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2016.
First edition.
xiii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Call Number 796.352 PAL
Summary The golfing master reevaluates his many life experiences, sharing details about familiar stories while offering new anecdotes and his time-tested insights into relationships, business success, and living a life of integrity.

On My Own

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 05:43
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." --

Algren : a life

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 05:38
by Wisniewski, Mary,
Publisher Chicago Review Press, 2017.
362 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number B Algren, Nelson
Summary "Algren: A Life is a new biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, author of The Man with the Golden Arm, A Walk on the Wild Side, Never Come Morning, multiple short stories, and travel essays"--

Angela Merkel : Europe's most influential leader

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 05:38
by Qvortrup, Matthew,
Publisher Overlook Duckworth, 2016.
First edition.
367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Call Number BIO 943.0883 MERKEL
Summary "The in-depth biography of Angela Merkel, using exclusive new sources and research to tell how the daughter of a clergyman from East Germany rose to become one of the most powerful women in the world"--NoveList.

Before you judge me : the triumph and tragedy of Michael Jackson's last days

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 05:38
by Smiley, Tavis, 1964-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
First edition.
vi, 277 pages ; 25 cm
Summary Powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson's death. Michael Jackson's final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life, filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost, ultimately, unable to live. With the insight and compassion that he brought to his bestselling telling of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final year, Tavis Smiley provides a glimpse into the superstar's life in this emotional, honest, yet celebratory book. Readers will witness Jackson's campaign to recharge his career, hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency, while his one goal remained, to mount the most spectacular series of shows the world had ever seen.

Bill Clinton

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 05:38
by Tomasky, Michael, 1960-
Publisher Times Books, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
xviii, 184 pages ; 22 cm.

Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 05:38
by Hart, Hannah, 1986-
Publisher Dey St., [2016] ©2016
First edition.
xiii, 256 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 818.6 HAR
Summary As a professional Internet personality, Hannah Hart spends a lot of time walking the line between public and private. Here, she shares stories from her life that have taken her time to process, in the hope that it will help readers do some internal processing of their own--