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author Prince, Dan Piepenbring
Description: "The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words--featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death." -- amazon.comPrince Rogers Nelson was a visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds. But his most ambitious creative act was turning himself into one of the greatest pop stars of any era. Before his death, Prince was writing a memoir, taking us into his childhood world. The second part of the book takes us through his early days as a musician through a scrapbook of writing and photos. We then follow Prince's evolution through candid images, before turning to his handwritten treatment for Purple Rain-- a retelling of the first three parts as a heroic journey. Piepenbring's introduction, and annotations throughout, provide context to the book's images. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Pri
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
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Elton John
Description: Reginald Dwight was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in a London suburb and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with Aida, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. Elton writes about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love and becoming a father.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: B Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Rachel Maddow
Description: Rachel Maddow offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. She takes us on a switchback journey around the globe--from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea--exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia's rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the United States, and the West's most important alliances. Chevron, BP, and other industry players get their star turn, but ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century's most consequential corporate villains. The oil-and-gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 338.2728 Mad
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 14, 2019
John Lithgow
Description: Actor and author John Lithgow wields a whip-smart, satirical pen in this poetic chronicle of the last few years in politics. He takes readers verse by verse through the history of Donald Trump's presidency, lampooning the likes of Betsy DeVos, Anthony Scaramucci, Scott Pruitt, Paul Manafort, Trump's doctors, and others. Illustrated with Lithgow's line drawings, the poems collected in Dumpty draw inspiration from A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Mother Goose.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.933 Lit
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 4, 2019
Ronan Farrow
Description: In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain--until now. A trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. It's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.
Call Number: 331.4133 Far
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Malcolm Gladwell
Description: In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
Call Number: 302 Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 23, 2019
Lee Smith
Description: "Investigative journalist Lee Smith's The Plot Against the President tells the story of how Congressman Devin Nunes uncovered the operation to bring down the commander-in-chief. While popular opinion holds that Russia subverted democratic processes during the 2016 elections, the real damage was done not by Moscow or any other foreign actor. Rather, this was a slow-moving coup engineered by a coterie of the American elite, the "deep state," targeting not only the president, but also the rest of the country. The plot officially began July 31, 2016 with the counterintelligence investigation that the FBI opened to probe Russian infiltration of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. But the bureau never followed any Russians. In fact, it was an operation to sabotage Trump, the candidate, then president-elect, and finally the presidency. The conspirators included political operatives, law enforcement and intelligence officials, and the press." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 110419
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
Description: November 1943: World War II teetered in the balance. The Nazis controlled nearly all of the European continent. Japan dominated the Pacific. Allied successes at Sicily and Guadalcanal had gained modest ground but at an extraordinary cost. On the Eastern Front, the Soviets had already lost millions of lives. That same month in Tehran, with the fate of the world in question, the 'Big Three,' Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin, secretly met for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Hitler. Over three days, this trio, strange bed fellows united by their mutual responsibility as heads of the Allied powers, made essential decisions that would direct the final years of the war and its aftermath. Meanwhile, looming over the covert meeting was the possible threat of a Nazi assassination plot nicknamed 'Operation Long Jump,' heightening the already dramatic stakes.
Call Number: 940.5314 Bai
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 4, 2019
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
Edward J. Snowden
Description: In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the account of a bright young man who grew up online--a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet's conscience.--From book jacket flap.
Call Number: 327.12 Sno
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 4, 2019
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
Description: Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them--women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there's a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book. So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic--they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right. To us, they are all gutsy women--leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. So in the moments when the long haul seems awfully long, we hope you will draw strength from these stories. We do. Because if history shows one thing, it's that the world needs gutsy women.The Clintons share stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them-- women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Meet civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad. Discover writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. They, and nearly every single one of the over 120 women in this book were fiercely optimistic-- they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: ordered 100319
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 14, 2019
Bill Bryson
Description: Bill Bryson takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the human body--how it functions, its ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 612 Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
David Limbaugh
Description: The left has truly lost its mind. The party out of power used to be "the loyal opposition." No longer. Now it's "the Resistance." The left, abandoning any pretense of fairness and decency, has declared political war on President Trump. Waged by a broad array of militants--the Democratic Party, countless left-wing interest groups, radical academics, the liberal mainstream media, Antifa shock troops, Hollywood, and the tech oligarchs--this political war is aimed not only at conservative ideas but also at Trump supporters, even teenagers wearing MAGA hats. David Limbaugh explains how the left lost its mind--and the threat it now poses to us all.
Call Number: 324.2736 Lim
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
Bill O'Reilly
Description: O'Reilly turns his razor-sharp observations to President Donald J. Trump. O'Reilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump's childhood and family and the factors from his life and career that forged the worldview that the president of the United States has taken to the White House.
Call Number: 973.933 ORe
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2019
Edmund Morris
Description: Thomas Alva Edison's invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. This near-deaf genius patented 1,093 inventions, not including those he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. Edmund Morris portrays the unknown Edison-- philosopher, futurist, chemist, botanist, wartime defense adviser, founder of nearly 250 companies-- while deconstructing the Edison of mythological memory. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Edi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
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
James N. Mattis, Francis J West
Description: Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.
Call Number: ordered 090519
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 16, 2019
Ali Wong
Description: Ali Wong offers sharp insights and humor are quite personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and disgusting) for all.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Won
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
James B. Stewart
Description: Drawing on scores of interviews with key FBI, Justice Department, and White House officials, and voluminous transcripts, notes, and internal reports, Stewart tells the dramatic saga of the FBI and its simultaneous investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - the first time in American history the FBI has been thrust into the middle of both parties' campaigns for the Presidency. Packed with drama and a cast of fascinating characters, Deep State goes where others cannot, revealing the truth of the grand and world-changing struggle that has defined the Trump presidency.
Call Number: ordered 101019
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Gary Janetti
Description: ""Gary Janetti's book is so rolling-on-the-floor funny, so brilliantly observant, and so full of heart." - Kevin Kwan Fans of David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, and Tina Fey... meet your new friend Gary Janetti. Gary Janetti, the writer and producer for some of the most popular television comedies of all time, and creator of one of the most wickedly funny Instagram accounts there is, now turns his skills to the page in a hilarious, and poignant book chronicling the pains and indignities of everyday life. Gary spends his twenties in New York, dreaming of starring on soap operas while in reality working at a hotel where he lusts after an unattainable colleague and battles a bellman who despises it when people actually use a bell to call him. He chronicles the torture of finding a job before the internet when you had to talk on the phone all the time, and fantasizes, as we all do, about who to tell off when he finally wins an Oscar. As Gary himself says, "These are essays from my childhood and young adulthood about things that still annoy me." Original, brazen, and laugh out loud funny, Do You Mind if I Cancel? is something not to be missed"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 102419
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 4, 2019
Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
Description: With this second memoir, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her rise to fame in her earliest films--Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry--from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. She discusses her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, and unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with Blake Edwards. -- From statement at Amazon
Call Number: B And
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Demi Moore
Description: "Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress and, always, if she was simply good enough."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2019
Chanel Miller
Description: Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting "Emily Doe" on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Now Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.She tells of her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial, reveals the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios, and illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators. -- ǂc Adapted from jacket
Call Number: 364.1532 Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2019
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Description: Tyson shares 101 letters from people across the globe who have sought him out in search of scientific answers.Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator. Tyson's most candid and heartfelt writing yet introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson's quest to explore our place in the cosmos.
Call Number: 523.01 Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Jonathan Van Ness
Description: Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? It hasn't always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy. Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn't understand why he was so over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the fact that he was gay, Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma--yet none of it crushed his effervescent spirit. Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. Jonathan shares never-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. There's much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.
Call Number: B Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2019
Samantha Power
Description: In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?"--and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power's distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official.
Call Number: B Pow
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 23, 2019
Mike Rowe, Marcellus Hall
Description: Mike Rowe presents an entertaining and fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from his podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights. It's a delightful collection of mysteries. A mosaic. A memoir.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 818 Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Carly Simon
Description: A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.
Call Number: 920 Sim
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 4, 2019
Susan E. Rice
Description: "Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice--National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations--delivers an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Newt Gingrich, Claire Christensen
Description: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sounds the warning bell that communist-ruled China poses the biggest threat to the United States that we have seen in our lifetime. The United States is currently engaged in a competition with the Chinese government unlike any other that we have witnessed before. This is a competition between the American system-which is governed by freedom and the rule of law-and a totalitarian dictatorship that is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. These are two different visions for the future; one will succeed, and one will fail. It is possible for America to respond to the Chinese Communist Party's efforts, but doing so will require new thinking, many big changes, and many hard choices for our leaders in government and private sector.
Call Number: ordered 101719
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 4, 2019
Gregg Jarrett
Description: Now that every detail and argument set forth in Gregg Jarrentt's book The Russia Hoax has been borne out by the Mueller report, the author is back with a hard-hitting, well-reasoned evisceration of what may be the dirtiest trick in political history.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 324.973 Jar
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 21, 2019
Patti Smith
Description: A memoir about the year 2016 in which dreams and reality are interwoven. Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and a rugged hope for a better world.
Call Number: B Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2019
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The Beautiful Ones
author Prince, Dan Piepenbring
B Pri
Call Sign Chaos : Learning To Lead
James N. Mattis, Francis J West
ordered 090519
Me
Elton John
B Joh
Dear Girls : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice For Living Your Best Life
Ali Wong
B Won
Blowout : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth
Rachel Maddow
338.2728 Mad
Deep State : Trump, The Fbi, And The Rule Of Law
James B. Stewart
ordered 101019
Dumpty : The Age Of Trump In Verse
John Lithgow
973.933 Lit
Do You Mind If I Cancel? : (Things That Still Annoy Me)
Gary Janetti
ordered 102419
Catch And Kill : Lies, Spies, And A Conspiracy To Protect Predators
Ronan Farrow
331.4133 Far
Home Work : A Memoir Of My Hollywood Years
Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
B And
Talking To Strangers : What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know
Malcolm Gladwell
302 Gla
Inside Out : A Memoir
Demi Moore
B Moo
The Plot Against The President : The True Story Of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered The Biggest Political Scandal In Us History
Lee Smith
ordered 110419
Know My Name : A Memoir
Chanel Miller
364.1532 Mil
Three Days At The Brink : FDR's Daring Gamble To Win World War II
Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
940.5314 Bai
Letters From An Astrophysicist
Neil deGrasse Tyson
523.01 Tys
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
Over The Top : A Raw Journey To Self-love
Jonathan Van Ness
B Van
Permanent Record
Edward J. Snowden
327.12 Sno
The Education Of An Idealist : A Memoir
Samantha Power
B Pow
The Book Of Gutsy Women
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
ordered 100319
The Way I Heard It
Mike Rowe, Marcellus Hall
818 Row
The Body : A Guide For Occupants
Bill Bryson
612 Bry
Touched By The Sun : My Friendship With Jackie
Carly Simon
920 Sim
Guilty By Reason Of Insanity : Why The Democrats Must Not Win
David Limbaugh
324.2736 Lim
Tough Love : My Story Of The Things Worth Fighting For
Susan E. Rice
B Ric
United States Of Trump : How The President Really Sees America
Bill O'Reilly
973.933 ORe
Trump Vs China : Facing America's Greatest Threat
Newt Gingrich, Claire Christensen
ordered 101719
Edison
Edmund Morris
B Edi
Witch Hunt : The Story Of The Greatest Mass Delusion In American Political History
Gregg Jarrett
324.973 Jar
Becoming
Michelle Obama
B Oba
Year Of The Monkey
Patti Smith
B Smi