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Michelle Obama
Description: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.
Call Number: B Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2018
Tara Westover
Description: A memoir about a young girl who, raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and forbidden to go to school, defies her family, educates herself, and earns degrees including a PhD from Cambridge University.
Call Number: 270.092 Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 6, 2018
Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer
Description: A collection of the influential columnist's most notable works and writings includes never-before-published speeches on his political philosophy and personal history and a major, new essay about the state of global democracy.
Call Number: 814 Kra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 17, 2018
Susan Orlean
Description: Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
Call Number: 027.4794 Orl
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2018
Stephen Hawking
Description: A collection of essays from the late scientist’s personal archive that address 10 imponderables.
Call Number: ordered 100418
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 29, 2018
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
Description: As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught; others evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among those war criminals were Josef Mengele; Martin Bormann; Klaus Barbie, and Adolf Eichmann. But a group of by self-styled "Nazi hunters" waged war on them, scouring the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice.
Call Number: 940.5318 ORe
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 22, 2018
John Carreyrou
Description: The inside story of the rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes had created a startup "unicorn" that promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. The problem: The technology didn't work. For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. Here is the story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley.
Call Number: 338.7681 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2019
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Description: In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon adversity. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today's polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
Call Number: 973.099 Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 1, 2018
Michael Lewis
Description: What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? After the election happened, across all departments, similar stories of management issues were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.
Call Number: 320.973 Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Description: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. Now Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
Call Number: 523.01 Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 11, 2018
Bob Woodward
Description: Bob Woodward reveals the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.
Call Number: 973.933 Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2018
Pete Souza
Description: As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him a behind-the-scenes view of the Office of the Presidency--and the responsibility that comes with it. This collection is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. More than one hundred images of President Obama are framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first five hundred days of the Trump White House Souza's photographs are a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office, and they are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.
Call Number: 973.932 Sou
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2018
Andrew Roberts
Description: A great leader with unalloyed courage is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. How did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when so many others had caved? Andrew Roberts gives readers the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy. With exclusive access to extensive new material: transcripts, diaries, notes, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries, Roberts came to understand the man in new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive. Roberts's work reveals that he has much to teach us about the challenges leaders face today--and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership and moral conviction.
Call Number: B Chu
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2018
Mike D, Adam Horovitz
Description: Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers.
Call Number: ordered 080918
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Anne Lamott
Description: Despair and uncertainty surround us, but even when life is at its bleakest-- when we are, as Lamott puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated"-- the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. In this book, she calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined.
Call Number: 170.44 Lam
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 29, 2018
Yuval N. Harari
Description: Shares insights into such present-day issues as the role of technology in transforming humanity, the epidemic of false news, and the modern relevance of nations and religion.
Call Number: 909.83 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 8, 2019
Kobe Bryant
Description: The former Los Angeles Lakers player describes various skills and techniques he used on the court.
Call Number: ordered 092718
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 5, 2018
Pete Souza
Description: 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. Now he presents more than 300 of the most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency (including the historic image of Obama and his advisors 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 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 an example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.
Call Number: 973.932 Sou
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 26, 2018
Michael R. Beschloss
Description: A groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America's wartime chief executives. It offers a fresh, intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths. From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, we see them struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses, families and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. We come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war--both physically and emotionally--or were broken by them.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 355.0097 Bes
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 17, 2018
Tucker Carlson
Description: Tucker Carlson offers his signature fearless and funny political commentary on how America's ruling class has failed everyday Americans. Carlson offers a blistering critique of our new overlords. Traditional liberals are gone, he writes. The hand-wringers who worried about whales and defended free speech have been replaced by globalists who hide their hard-edged economic agenda behind the smokescreen of identity politics. They'll outsource your job while lecturing you about transgender bathrooms. Left and right, Carlson says, are no longer meaningful categories in America. "The rift is between those who benefit from the status quo, and those who don't." "Our leaders are fools, unaware that they are captains of a sinking ship." But how do we put the country back on course?-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.52 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2018
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Becoming
Michelle Obama
B Oba
Fear : Trump In The White House
Bob Woodward
973.933 Woo
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
Shade: A Tale Of Two Presidents
Pete Souza
973.932 Sou
The Point Of It All: A Lifetime Of Great Loves And Endeavors
Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer
814 Kra
Churchill: Walking With Destiny
Andrew Roberts
B Chu
The Library Book
Susan Orlean
027.4794 Orl
Beastie Boys Book
Mike D, Adam Horovitz
ordered 080918
Brief Answers To The Big Questions.
Stephen Hawking
ordered 100418
Almost Everything : Notes On Hope
Anne Lamott
170.44 Lam
Killing The SS : The Hunt For The Worst War Criminals In History
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
940.5318 ORe
21 Lessons For The 21st Century
Yuval N. Harari
909.83 Har
Bad Blood: Secrets And Lies In A Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou
338.7681 Car
Mamba Mentality : How I Play.
Kobe Bryant
ordered 092718
Leadership In Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin
973.099 Goo
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
Pete Souza
973.932 Sou
The Fifth Risk
Michael Lewis
320.973 Lew
Presidents Of War
Michael R. Beschloss
355.0097 Bes
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
523.01 Tys
Ship Of Fools : How A Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America To The Brink Of Revolution
Tucker Carlson
305.52 Car