New Biographies

Unstoppable : my life so far

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 00:14
by Sharapova, Maria, 1987-
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The three lives of James Madison : genius, partisan, president

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:01
by Feldman, Noah, 1970-
Publisher Random House, [2017]
First edition.
xviii, 773 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Call Number B MADISON
Summary "Over the course of his life, James Madison changed the United States three times: First, he designed the Constitution, led the struggle for its adoption and ratification, then drafted the Bill of Rights. As an older, cannier politician he co-founded the original Republican party, setting the course of American political partisanship. Finally, having pioneered a foreign policy based on economic sanctions, he took the United States into a high-risk conflict, becoming the first wartime president and, despite the odds, winning. In The Three Lives of James Madison, Noah Feldman offers an intriguing portrait of this elusive genius and the constitutional republic he created--and how both evolved to meet unforeseen challenges"--Dust jacket.

The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:01
by Junor, Penny,
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018] ©2018
First U.S. edition.
xxi, 294 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Call Number B CAMILLA
Summary "In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall--the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana 'a bit crowded'--royal biographer Penny Junor tells the story of a woman reviled as a pariah who became the popular princess consort. Junor argues that although Camilla played a central role in the darkest days of the modern monarchy, she also played a central role in restoring the royal family's reputation, especially that of Prince Charles, the man who has always been the love of her life"--Back cover.

Heart berries : a memoir

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:53
by Mailhot, Terese Marie,
Publisher Counterpoint Press, [2018]
xvi, 142 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number B MAILHOT
Summary "Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father--an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist--who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world"--

True stories from an unreliable witness : a feminist coming of age

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:53
by Lahti, Christine,
Publisher Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
First edition.
xviii, 200 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number B LAHTI
Summary A collection of interrelated personal stories by the actress best known for her work on such productions as "Chicago Hope" and "The Blacklist" focuses on the milestones of her childhood, early career, and midlife while reflecting on the realities of being a woman in Hollywood.

Perfect is boring : 10 things my crazy, fierce mama taught me about beauty, booty, and being a boss

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 03:30
by Banks, Tyra,
Publisher TarcherPerigee, [2018] ©2018
313 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 22 cm
Call Number B BANKS
Summary Shares the life lessons Tyra Banks learned from her mother and applied to her highly successful career, and how their close bond helped them to overcome many obstacles in life.

Every day I'm hustling

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 03:24
by Fox, Vivica A., 1964-
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2018.
First edition.
xii, 273 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number B FOX

My American dream : a life of love, family, and food

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 03:24
by Bastianich, Lidia,
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
First edition.
viii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary The host of "Lidia's Kitchen" shares a memoir that traces her impoverished but loving upbringing under Tito's communist regime in Yugoslavia, her years as a refugee while trying to enter the United States, and her early start as a restaurant worker.

My dead parents : a memoir

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 03:07
by Yurchyshyn, Anya,
Publisher Crown, [2018] ©2018
First edition.
337 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number 920.72 YUR
Summary "Sifting through old boxes and drawers upon her mother's death, Anya Yurchyshyn discovered artifacts of a life, a love affair, and glamorous people that she barely recognized - yet, these people were her parents. Letters, photos of exotic locales, startling documents, and passionate letters revealed stark evidence of a hidden past that forced her to reconstruct and reimagine everything she'd ever known about her life and her family. This is the account of one woman's relentless quest to solve the tragic and complex mysteries of her past."--Publisher's description.

Still rising from ashes

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 03:07
by Swinton-Mattox, Charlene,
Publisher Anaphora Literary Press, [2017] ©2017
155 pages ; 23 cm
Summary "Charlene grew up poverty-stricken in the Bronx, New York. As a child, she bore witness to the streets decimating her family. Her mother's relationships with men turned abusive as her crack cocaine addiction grew. Her brothers traded their innocence for lives of crime, and church dances with child hood friends and neighborhood sweet hearts became nightclub shootings with gang bangers and bad boys. Anger burned in Charlene so blindingly, it led her to the same dark streets that sparked her rage in the first place. There would be much more pain before she'd find her way again, but the fire of faith burns brighter than that of anger. Soon, the poverty from whence Charlene came would be but ashes. Then, the real work would begin." --

Where there's hope : healing, moving forward, and never giving up

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 03:05
by Smart, Elizabeth, 1987-
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2018.
First edition.
xix, 261 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number 364.154 SMA

Manderley forever : a biography of Daphne Du Maurier

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 20:42
by Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961-
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
x, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Call Number B DU MAURIER
Summary Traces the life and achievements of classic novelist Daphne du Maurier, sharing creative insights into the master writer's life at different ages and her enduring influence in literature.

Bobby Kennedy : a raging spirit

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:42
by Matthews, Christopher, 1945-
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
396 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number B KENNEDY
Summary "A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC's Hardball. With his bestselling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look at one of America's most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with Bobby, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century. Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. When he had the chance to become a naval officer like Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. They were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians--both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Robert Francis Kennedy. He shines a light on all the important moments of his life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother's administration and his tragic run for president. This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic"--

Promise me, Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:42
by Biden, Joseph R,
Publisher Flatiron Books, 2017.
First edition.
260 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number B BIDEN
Summary The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.

Where the past begins : a writer's memoir

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:42
by Tan, Amy,
Publisher Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number B TAN
Summary "From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory"--

Obama : an intimate portrait

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 14:41
by Souza, Pete,
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
349 pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 32 cm
Call Number 973.932 SOU
Summary Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories--some published here for the first time--with a foreword from the President himself. During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else--and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency--including the historic image of President Obama and his advisers in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more. Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.

Educated : a memoir

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:22
by Westover, Tara,
Publisher Random House, a imprint of and division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, [2018] ©2018
First edition.
xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number 270.092 WES
Summary "Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.


Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:12
by Lloyd Webber, Andrew, 1948-
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018] ©2018
First edition.
viii, 517 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Summary "One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted millions worldwide with his music and numerous hit shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera--Broadway's longest running show--and most recently, School of Rock. In Unmasked, written in his own inimitable, quirky voice, the revered, award-winning composer takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance that brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him"--Dust jacket flap.

Breaking free : how I escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult, and my father, Warren Jeffs

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 02:03
by Jeffs, Rachel,
Publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
viii, 285 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number B JEFFS

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:52
by Dallek, Robert,
Publisher Viking, [2017]
x, 692 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number 973.917 DAL
Summary "A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and dealmaker. In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus-maker. While Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life will take a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers--how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country's economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country's foreign relations?--the focus of his book is on Roosevelt as a man dedicated to public affairs, a master politician who skillfully and cannily used the presidency to advance a remarkable national agenda"--Provided by publisher.