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Walter Isaacson
Description: Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius. Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why people have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity.
Call Number: B Leo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2017
Ron Chernow
Description: Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Ron Chernow shows in his biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.--From book jacket.
Call Number: B Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2017
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
Description: The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison's generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country. Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. Jackson had to convince President Madison that keeping New Orleans from being conquered by the British was vital. His assembled coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans,Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates had to defeat the most powerful military force in the world.
Call Number: 973.5239 Kil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2017
Pete Souza
Description: 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. This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.
Call Number: ordered 062917
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2017
Corey R. Lewandowski, David N. Bossie
Description: Insider accounts of the Republican presidential campaign and its outcome by two of its advisers.
Call Number: ordered 121417
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2017
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
Description: Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the reader from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe. What started as protest and unrest in the colonies soon escalated to a world war with devastating casualties. O'Reilly and Dugard recreate the war's landmark battles, including Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga, and Yorktown, revealing the savagery of hand-to-hand combat and the often brutal conditions under which these brave American soldiers lived and fought. Also here is the reckless treachery of Benedict Arnold and the daring guerilla tactics of the "Swamp Fox" Frances Marion.
Call Number: 973.3 ORe
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 2, 2017
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Description: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
Call Number: 523.01 Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: May 15, 2017
Christopher Matthews
Description: The New York senator's journey from his formative years to his tragic run for president.
Call Number: B Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2017
Joseph R. Biden
Description: 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.
Call Number: 973.932 Bid
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 27, 2017
Jenna Bush, Barbara Bush
Description: Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines. Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.
Call Number: 920 Bus
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 7, 2017
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Description: The former secretary of state relates her experiences as the first woman candidate nominated for president by a major party, discussing the sexism, criticism, and double standards she had to confront, and how she coped with a devastating loss."'In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down.'
Call Number: 324.973 Cli
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 26, 2017
Scott Kelly, Margaret Lazarus Dean
Description: The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.
Call Number: 629.45 Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 30, 2017
David Grann
Call Number: 976.6 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 11, 2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
Description: Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
Call Number: 782.14 Mir
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2017
Tiffany Haddish
Description: From stand-up comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish comes The Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, edgy, and heart-wrenching collection of autobiographical essays that will leave you laughing through tears. Tiffany Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles. Her mother wound up with a debilitating brain injury after surviving a car accident. Tiffany never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system, and certainly not the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive. After a multitude of jobs, she finally realized that she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. Tiffany faced the 'routine' hindrances of climbing the entertainment business ladder--but had the added obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way. But she got there. She's humble, grateful, down to earth, and funny as hell. She still cleans the toilet the way she was shown by a foster mom who worked as a maid, and she still rolls her joints the way one of her foster dads taught her. Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays--it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.
Call Number: ordered 120717
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2017
Michael Savage
Description: The conservative radio host shares moments when he has experienced glimpses of the divine.
Call Number: ordered 100517
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 27, 2017
Donna Brazile
Description: An account of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the fights within the party during the 2016 campaign.
Call Number: ordered 110917
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2017
J. D. Vance
Description: Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
Call Number: 306.5 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 11, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Description: 'We were eight years in power' was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's 'first white president.' But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period--and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective--the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president. We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates's iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including 'Fear of a Black President,' 'The Case for Reparations,' and 'The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,' along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates's own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment."
Call Number: 973.932 Coa
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 7, 2017
Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner
Description: In a collection of essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values, reminds us of what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like.
Call Number: ordered 100517
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 20, 2017
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Leonardo Da Vinci
Walter Isaacson
B Leo
What Happened
Hillary Rodham Clinton
324.973 Cli
Grant
Ron Chernow
B Gra
Endurance : A Year In Space, A Lifetime Of Discovery
Scott Kelly, Margaret Lazarus Dean
629.45 Kel
Andrew Jackson And The Miracle Of New Orleans : The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
973.5239 Kil
Killers Of The Flower Moon : The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI
David Grann
976.6 Gra
Obama : An Intimate Portrait
Pete Souza
ordered 062917
Hamilton : The Revolution : Being The Complete Libretto Of The Broadway Musical, With A True Account Of Its Creation, And Concise Remarks On Hip-hop, The Power Of Stories, And The New America
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
782.14 Mir
Let Trump Be Trump : The Inside Story Of His Rise To The Presidency
Corey R. Lewandowski, David N. Bossie
ordered 121417
The Last Black Unicorn
Tiffany Haddish
ordered 120717
Killing England : The Brutal Struggle For American Independence
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
973.3 ORe
God, Faith, And Reason
Michael Savage
ordered 100517
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
523.01 Tys
Hacks : The Inside Story Of The Break-Ins And Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump In The White House
Donna Brazile
ordered 110917
Bobby Kennedy : A Raging Spirit
Christopher Matthews
B Ken
Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis
J. D. Vance
306.5 Van
Promise Me Dad : A Year Of Hope, Hardship, And Purpose
Joseph R. Biden
973.932 Bid
We Were Eight Years In Power : An American Tragedy
Ta-Nehisi Coates
973.932 Coa
Sisters First : Stories From Our Wild And Wonderful Life
Jenna Bush, Barbara Bush
920 Bus
What Unites Us : Reflections On Patriotism
Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner
ordered 100517