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Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey
Description: We all know that George Washington was our first president and a hero of the American Revolution. But did you also know that he didn't want to be president, never thought he would fight in a war, and had teeth so bad that he hated to smile? The all-too-true history of the ultimate Founding Father, prime patriot, and awesome American George Washington.
Call Number: JB Was
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Jenny Benjamin
Call Number: JB Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Jordan Reeves, Jen Lee Reeves
Description: When Jordan Reeves was born without the bottom half of her left arm, the doctors reassured her parents that she was "born just right." Jordan and her mother tell her story about growing up in an able-bodied world and family, where she was treated like all of her siblings and classmates--and where she never felt limited.
Call Number: JB Ree
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Abdi Nor Iftin, Max Alexander
Description: Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee. In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America was filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi. Now a proud resident of Maine and on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.
Call Number: LP 305.89354 Ift
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Pam Houston
Description: "'How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us,' Pam Houston writes. On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, this beloved writer learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston's sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect. In linked essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston's most profound meditations yet on how 'to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief ... to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.'"--Dust jacket.
Call Number: 814 Hou
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Jonah Winter, illustrator Red Nose Studio
Description: How do you go from being a little blond-haired boy who grew up dirt-poor in a shack in Mississippi with nothing but a thrift-store guitar and a love of singing... to become Elvis, maybe the biggest music star the world has ever known?
Call Number: E Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Freddie Mercury, publisher Pride (Firm (Video publisher))
Description: A tribute to Freddie Mercury, almost 30 years after his tragic death. Featuring contributions from his closest friends and colleagues plus fellow musicians and the finest critics, writers and broadcasters, this film also boasts extensive archive footage, interviews and news reports from the man himself and with the group which he so expertly co-created.
Call Number: 781.66 Fre
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Sasha Waters-Freyer, Geoff Dyer, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Susan Kismaric, Laurie Simmons
Description: A documentary about an important American still photographer who captured New York City in the 1960s (his work there is said to have influenced the TV show Mad Men) and later the West in Texas and Los Angeles.
Call Number: 770.92 Gar
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Nick Searcy, Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer, Magdalena Segieda, Andrew Klavan
Description: The film is the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell - his 30 year killing spree and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up. Originally investigated for illegal prescription drug sales, a raid by DEA, FBI & local law enforcement revealed crimes they could not have expected within the clinic.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Stephen Koch
Description: Presents the story of a seventeen-year-old Jew whose assassination of a German diplomat in Paris was used by the Nazis as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic pogrom known as Kristallnacht.
Call Number: 940.5318 Koc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Lili Anolik
Call Number: B Bab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Adrian Buitenhuis, Derek A. Murray, Paul Walker, interviewee Tyrese, Robert Cohen
Description: Feature-length documentary film exploring the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker, the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster Fast and Furious movie franchise.
Call Number: B Wal
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Karamo Brown, Jancee Dunn
Description: A candid and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown--Queer Eye's culture expert--as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Ann Hood
Description: In this collection of personal essays and recipes, Ann Hood nourishes both our bodies and our souls. From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marriage, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmother's tomato sauce and dreamed of her mother's special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches. Later, the kitchen became the heart of Hood's own home. Hood tracks her lifelong journey in the kitchen with twenty-seven heartfelt essays, each accompanied by a recipe (or a few). Kitchen Yarns spills tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.
Call Number: 641.5 Hoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Susan Gubar
Description: "'Tender, unsparing, poignant. . . . [A] love story that braids together intimate self-revelation with a rich meditation on the literature of aging.'-- Stephen Greenblatt. On Susan Gubar's seventieth birthday, she receives a beautiful ring from her husband, a gift that startles her into an appreciation of their luck. As she contemplates their sustaining relationship, Susan considers how older lovers differ from their youthful counterparts--and from ageist stereotypes. When her husband encounters age-related disabilities, Susan procrastinates over moving from their burdensome house in the country to a more manageable town apartment by searching out literature on the longevity of desire by authors from Ovid and Shakespeare to Toni Morrison and Marilynne Robinson. During subsequent months of care-giving, her own ongoing cancer treatments, and apartment-hunting, Susan studies the obstacles many older couples overcome and marvels at the passion that buoys her own relationship. A memoir proving that love and desire have no expiration date, Late-Life Love is a resounding retort to negative valuations of old age and a celebration of second chances"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.262 Gub
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Joe Milliken
Description: Benjamin Orr was the co-founder, co-lead singer, and bassist for the platinum-selling rock band The Cars. This first biography of Orr draws together interviews with his family members, friends, and music associates, as well as many never-before-seen photos, to reveal an intimate portrait of one of classic rock's great talents.
Call Number: B Orr
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Lisa D'Apolito, Andrew Alexander, Anne P. Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader
Description: Never-before-seen footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda Radner to tell her own story; through the laughter and sometimes the tears. Incredibly, she was able to find humor in even the darkest of times. Her spirit lives on in comedy as a female trailblazer who continues to inspire many present day comedic performers.
Call Number: B Rad
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart, Sean Bobbitt, Dorota Kobiela, Jacek Dehnel
Description: The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Tia Torres
Description: Tia Torres tells the harrowing, funny, and inspiring stories of nine incredible dogs that shaped her life. With honesty and characteristic brashness, Tia captures the spirit and heart of these intelligent and loving canines, while carrying us behind the scenes of her TV show, into the heart of post-Katrina New Orleans, onto the soundstages of Hollywood films, and to the jungles of Sri Lanka. Tia has devoted her life to shattering the stereotype that pit bulls are dangerous, vicious predators. She and her team have rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed hundreds of animals that might otherwise have been destroyed.--From Amazon.com summary.
Call Number: 636.7083 Tor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Anika Denise, Paola Escobar
Description: A story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Jill Sherman
Description: Chronicles the lives and relationship of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Call Number: J 941.086 She
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Sammy Davis, Sally Rosenthal, Michael Kantor, Steven Wechsler, Laurence Maslon
Description: Examines entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.'s journey to create his own identity, as a black man who embraced Judaism, through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress; a veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions, he strove to stay relevant, even as he found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. Features new interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Novak, and others, with photographs from Davis's personal collection and performance footage.
Call Number: B Dav
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Dan Wetzel, Zeke Peña
Call Number: JB Cur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Roger Michell, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
Description: Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of the time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable awards between them. They are also longtime friends who invite viewers to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight.
Call Number: 792.028 Tea
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller
Description: "Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home--Kabul, Afghanistan--as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela's life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home. Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother. In navigating the dangers ahead of them, and in looking back at the wilderness of her homeland, Enjeela discovers the spiritual and physical strength to find hope in the most desperate of circumstances."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 958.1045 Ahm
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Natascha Biebow, Steven Salerno
Description: Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon, this picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world's most beloved toys. --From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Bie
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Nelson Yomtov, Rafał Szłapa
Description: "Tells the dramatic story of Louis Zamperini and his unbreakable spirit in spite of the terrible torment he endured as a prisoner of war in World War II"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC ordered 062019
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Jan Greenberg, Sandra (Sandra Jane Fairfax) Jordan, Hadley Hooper
Description: "Everyone who knew them agreed. Alberto was the genius of the family. His younger brother Diego was his opposite--he didn't care much for books or schoolwork, and he had no idea what he would be when he grew up. But despite their differences, the two brothers shared an intense bond. Alberto Giacometti became one of the iconic artists of the twentieth century, whose tall, spindly sculptures grace the collections of museums around the world. Diego was always at his side, helping and encouraging, and in his spare time creating remarkable pieces of furniture, works of sculpture in their own right. "--book jacket.
Call Number: J 709.2 Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Sarah Fabiny, Gregory Copeland
Description: "Brush up your knowledge on popular American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell with this exciting Who Was? title. Norman Rockwell often painted what he saw around him in nostalgic and humorous ways. After hearing President Franklin Roosevelt's address to Congress in 1943, he was inspired to create paintings that described the principles for universal rights: four paintings that portray iconic images of the American experience. Over the course of his lifetime, he painted 322 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Of his work, he has said: "Maybe as I grew up and found the world wasn't the perfect place I thought it to be, I consciously decided that if it wasn't an ideal world, it should be, and so painted only the ideal aspects of it.""-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Roc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
Scott Martelle
Description: "William Walker's Wars details the little-remembered history of the American man who, with the help of a privately assembled army, installed himself as president of Nicaragua in 1856"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 972.85 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2019
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Action Presidents. #1, George Washington!
Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey
JB Was
Let's Go! : Benjamin Orr And The Cars
Joe Milliken
B Orr
Barack Obama
Jenny Benjamin
JB Oba
Love, Gilda [DVD]
Lisa D'Apolito, Andrew Alexander, Anne P. Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader
B Rad
Born Just Right
Jordan Reeves, Jen Lee Reeves
JB Ree
Loving Vincent [DVD]
Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart, Sean Bobbitt, Dorota Kobiela, Jacek Dehnel
Drama
Call Me American [Large Print] : A Memoir
Abdi Nor Iftin, Max Alexander
LP 305.89354 Ift
My Life Among The Underdogs : A Memoir
Tia Torres
636.7083 Tor
Deep Creek : Finding Hope In The High Country
Pam Houston
814 Hou
Planting Stories : The Life Of Librarian And Storyteller Pura Belpré
Anika Denise, Paola Escobar
E Den
Elvis Is King!
Jonah Winter, illustrator Red Nose Studio
E Win
Prince Harry & Meghan : Royals For A New Era
Jill Sherman
J 941.086 She
Freddie Mercury [DVD] : The Greatest Showman : The Ultimate Review.
Freddie Mercury, publisher Pride (Firm (Video publisher))
781.66 Fre
Sammy Davis, Jr. [DVD] : I've Gotta Be Me
Sammy Davis, Sally Rosenthal, Michael Kantor, Steven Wechsler, Laurence Maslon
B Dav
Garry Winogrand [DVD] : All Things Are Photographable
Sasha Waters-Freyer, Geoff Dyer, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Susan Kismaric, Laurie Simmons
770.92 Gar
Stephen Curry
Dan Wetzel, Zeke Peña
JB Cur
Gosnell [DVD] : The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer
Nick Searcy, Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer, Magdalena Segieda, Andrew Klavan
Drama
Tea With The Dames [DVD]
Roger Michell, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
792.028 Tea
Hitler's Pawn : The Boy Assassin And The Holocaust
Stephen Koch
940.5318 Koc
The Broken Circle : A Memoir Of Escaping Afghanistan
Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller
958.1045 Ahm
Hollywood's Eve : Eve Babitz And The Secret History Of L.a.
Lili Anolik
B Bab
The Crayon Man : The True Story Of The Invention Of Crayola Crayons
Natascha Biebow, Steven Salerno
E Bie
I Am Paul Walker [DVD]
Adrian Buitenhuis, Derek A. Murray, Paul Walker, interviewee Tyrese, Robert Cohen
B Wal
The Unbreakable Zamperini : A World War Ii Survivor's Brave Story
Nelson Yomtov, Rafał Szłapa
J FIC ordered 062019
Karamo : My Story Of Embracing Purpose, Healing, And Hope
Karamo Brown, Jancee Dunn
B Bro
Two Brothers, Four Hands : The Artists Alberto And Diego Giacometti
Jan Greenberg, Sandra (Sandra Jane Fairfax) Jordan, Hadley Hooper
J 709.2 Gre
Kitchen Yarns : Notes On Life, Love, And Food
Ann Hood
641.5 Hoo
Who Was Norman Rockwell?
Sarah Fabiny, Gregory Copeland
JB Roc
Late-life Love : A Memoir
Susan Gubar
305.262 Gub
William Walker's Wars : How One Man's Private American Army Tried To Conquer Mexico, Nicaragua, And Honduras
Scott Martelle
972.85 Mar