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Jamie Kern Lima
Description: Shares the wild but true story of how a once struggling waitress turned her against-the-grain idea into an international sensation, eventually selling the company for over a billion dollars and becoming the first female CEO of a brand in L'Oréal's 100+ year history. Faced with self-doubt, body-doubt, God-doubt, Jamie reveals how she almost didn't make it, how she learned to trust herself, and the powerful lessons you, too, can use to go from underestimated to unstoppable.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 338.7668 Lim
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Bevy Smith
Description: Not your typical candidate for a midlife crisis, Bevy Smith had what seemed like a fantastic life and career. As a fashion and beauty editor at Vibe, and then Rolling Stone, she traveled to Paris six times a year for fashion shows and was seen at every hot spot. She was a shopaholic with discounts at every store and a roster of lovers. So it came as quite a shock to her when one day her midlife crisis hit her. After that, she resigned from Rolling Stone and set out on her own path, one that she carved from a tremendous amount of self-reflection and clarity. With renewed self-confidence and acceptance, she embraced this season as one of the most creative times of her life. Bevy provides her story as an example of how we too can manifest our biggest dreams. From reclaiming her bold childhood nature and realizing she'd become a star to envisioning where's she's headed next, Bevy shows how each of us can live our best lives with honesty and joy.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Rita Santos
Description: As a child, Chadwick Boseman was good at a lot of things, like basketball, painting, and writing. But which dream would he choose to follow? A chance acting class made the answer clear. This revealing biography takes you along on Chadwick's journey from talented youngster to professional actor.
Call Number: JB Bos
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Josh Ireland
Description: "The intimate, untold story of Winston Churchill's enduring yet volatile bond with his only son, Randolph"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 920 Ire
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Kenny Abdo
Description: "This title focuses on Coco Gauff and gives information related to her early life, her time in the pros, and the legacy she leaves behind." -- Publisher's website.
Call Number: JB Gau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Mazie Hirono
Description: Mazie Hirono is one of the most fiercely outspoken Democrats in Congress, but her journey to the U.S. Senate was far from likely. Raised poor in rural Japan, Hirono was seven years old her family came to the United States in search of a better life. Though the girl then known as "Keiko" did not speak English when she entered school in Hawaii, she would go on to hold state and national office, winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Her memoir traces her life from her upbringing in Hawaii, to her emergence as a highly effective legislator whose determination to help the most vulnerable was grounded in her own experiences of economic insecurity, lack of healthcare access, and family separation. And it chronicles her evolution from dogged yet soft-spoken public servant into the fiery critic and advocate we know her as today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 328.73 Hir
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Jessica Zucker
Description: This is Dr. Jessica Zucker's account of her miscarriage that occurred sixteen weeks into her pregnancy, and her journey of recovery following it. Drawing from her psychological expertise and her work as the creator of the viral #IHadaMiscarriage campaign, this book uses Zucker's and other women's experiences to explore grief, healing, and the power of speaking one's truth.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 618.392 Zuc
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford, Viola Davis, Robin Miles
Description: ""In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history." --President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony. "Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say." --Cicely Tyson"--provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Tys
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Kenny Abdo
Description: "This title focuses on Kobe Bryant and gives information related to his early life, his time in the pros, and the legacy he leaves behind." -- Publisher's website.
Call Number: JB Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Heather E. Schwartz
Description: "After winning an Oscar for her debut feature film 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong'o went from amateur actress to A-list celebrity. Read about Nyong'o's journey and how she became a cultural icon"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Nyo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Cate Doty
Description: A compulsively readable behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the weddings section of the New York Times-- the good, bad, and just plain weird-- through the eyes of a young reporter just as she's falling in love herself.Growing up in the south, where tradition reigns supreme, Cate Doty thought about weddings a lot. She catered for them, she attended many, she imagined her own. So, when she moved to New York City in pursuit of love--and to write for The New York Times--she finds her natural home in the wedding section. Soon Cate is thrown into the cutthroat world of the metropolitan society pages, experiencing the lengths couples go to have their announcements accepted and the lengths the writers go in fact-checking their stories; the surprising, status-signaling details that matter most to brides and grooms; and the politics of the paper at a time of vast cultural and industry changes. Reporting weekly on couples whose relationships seem enviable--or eye-roll worthy--and dealing with WASPy grandparents and last-minute snafus, Cate is surrounded by love, or what we're told to believe is love. But when she starts to take the leap herself, she begins to ask her own questions about what it means to truly commit. This book is a dive into one of society's most esteemed institutions, its creators and subjects, and a young woman's coming-of-age.--From statement by publisher.
Call Number: 395.22 Dot
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Blake Bailey
Description: Blake Bailey has created an indelible portrait of Philip Roth, an American master, and of the postwar literary scene. Bailey shows how Roth emerged from a lower-middle-class Jewish milieu to achieve the heights of literary fame, how his career was nearly derailed by his catastrophic first marriage, and how he championed the work of dissident novelists behind the Iron Curtain. Bailey examines Roth's rivalrous friendships with Saul Bellow, John Updike, and William Styron, and reveals the truths of his love life, culminating in his almost-twenty-year relationship with actress Claire Bloom. Tracing Roth's path from realism to farce to metafiction to the tragic masterpieces of the American Trilogy, Bailey explores Roth's engagement with nearly every aspect of postwar American culture.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Rot
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Heather L. Clark
Description: With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s.
Call Number: B Pla
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Ashley C Ford
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Amy Stanley
Description: A work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo--the city that would become Tokyo--and a portrait of a great city on the brink of a momentous encounter with the West.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 952 Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Maggie Doherty
Description: The story of five brilliant, passionate women who, in the early 1960s, converged at the newly founded Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study, stepping outside the domestic sphere and shaping the course of feminism in ways that still resonate today. In 1960, at the height of an era that expected women to focus solely on raising families, Radcliffe College announced the founding of an Institute for Independent Study, offering fellowships to women with a PhD or "the equivalent" in artistic success. Maggie Doherty introduces us to five brilliant friends--poets Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin, painter Barbara Swan, sculptor Mariana Pineda, and writer Tillie Olsen--who came together at the Institute and would go on to make history. Doherty weaves from these women's own voices a moving narrative of friendship, ambition, activism, and art.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 700.92 Doh
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Eddie Jaku
Description: "Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed on 9 November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on the Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, his country. Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day. He pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom and living his best possible life. He now believes he is the 'happiest man on earth'"--Publisher.
Call Number: 940.5318 Jak
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Isabel Allende
Description: The author describes her lifelong commitment to feminism in a meditation on what it means to be a woman, discussing progress within the movement in her lifetime, what remains to be done, and how to move forward in the future.
Call Number: LP 305.42 All
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
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Believe It : How To Go From Underestimated To Unstoppable
Jamie Kern Lima
338.7668 Lim
Lupita Nyong'o : Actor, Filmmaker, Activist
Heather E. Schwartz
JB Nyo
Bevelations : Lessons From A Mutha, Auntie, Bestie
Bevy Smith
B Smi
Mergers And Acquisitions ; Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned On The Wedding Pages : A Memoir
Cate Doty
395.22 Dot
Chadwick Boseman : Superstar Of Black Panther
Rita Santos
JB Bos
Philip Roth : The Biography
Blake Bailey
B Rot
Churchill & Son
Josh Ireland
920 Ire
Red Comet : The Short Life And Blazing Art Of Sylvia Plath
Heather L. Clark
B Pla
Coco Gauff
Kenny Abdo
JB Gau
Somebody's Daughter
Ashley C Ford
Heart Of Fire : An Immigrant Daughter's Story
Mazie Hirono
328.73 Hir
Stranger In The Shogun's City : A Japanese Woman And Her World
Amy Stanley
952 Sta
I Had A Miscarriage : A Memoir, A Movement
Jessica Zucker
618.392 Zuc
The Equivalents : A Story Of Art, Female Friendship, And Liberation In The 1960s
Maggie Doherty
700.92 Doh
Just As I Am
Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford, Viola Davis, Robin Miles
B Tys
The Happiest Man On Earth : The Beautiful Life Of An Auschwitz Survivor
Eddie Jaku
940.5318 Jak
Kobe Bryant
Kenny Abdo
JB Bry
The Soul Of A Woman : On Impatient Love, Long Life, And Good Witches
Isabel Allende
LP 305.42 All