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Jason Timbuktu Diakité, Rachel Willson-Broyles
Description: Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakité grew up between worlds--part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-man's-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging.
Call Number: B Dia
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Laura Sook Duncombe
Description: Pirates are an enduring popular subject, depicted often in songs, stories, and Halloween costumes. Yet the truth about pirate women--who they were, why they went to sea, and what their lives were really like--is seldom a part of the conversation. In this Seven Seas history of the world's female buccaneers, A Pirate's Life for She tells the story of 16 women who through the ages sailed alongside--and sometimes in command of--their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom.
Call Number: YA 910.45 Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Katheryn Russell-Brown, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
Description: In this stirring biography of a true artistic and social icon, young readers learn how Aretha's talent, intelligence, and perseverance made her a star who will shine on for generations to come. -- adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: E Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Amy Aronson
Description: Crystal Eastman was a central figure in many of the defining social movements of the twentieth century--labor, feminism, internationalism, free speech, peace. She drafted America's first serious workers' compensation law. She helped found the National Woman's Party and is credited as co-author of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). She helped found the Woman's Peace Party--today, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)--and the American Union Against Militarism. She co-published the Liberator magazine. And she engineered the founding the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Eastman worked side-by-side with national and international suffrage leaders, renowned progressive reformers and legislators, birth control advocates, civil rights champions, revolutionary writers and artists. In virtually every arena she entered, she was one of the most memorable women known to her allies and adversaries alike. This full-length biography recovers the revealing story of a woman who attained rare political influence and left a thought-provoking legacy in ongoing struggles. The social justice issues she cared about--gender equality and human rights, nationalism and globalization, political censorship and media control, worker benefits and family balance, and the monumental questions of war, sovereignty, force, and freedom--remain some of the most consequential questions of our own time.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Eas
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Jason (Sports writer) Cole
Description: John Elway's historic moments are known for his many memorable comeback victories and heroic plays. In the face of all the talent, Elway's story is filled with one challenge after another. In college, Stanford never went to a bowl game during his four years there. Elway was ripped for being petulant after refusing to play for the Baltimore Colts when he was drafted No. 1 overall, and later for his failure to get along with coach Dan Reeves. Over the first 10 years of his career, Elway led Denver to three Super Bowls, but lost in progressively worse fashion each time. Finally, after 15 years of perseverance, Elway led the Broncos to back-to-back championships, including the biggest upset in Super Bowl history. He won the Most Valuable Player award in his final Super Bowl game and then walked away from football. Retirement was no joy. Within four years of quitting football, his father and twin sister both died, and he went through a difficult divorce from his college sweetheart. In search of redemption, Elway returned to football in the Arena Football League. He waited more than a decade to return to his beloved Broncos, at a moment when the franchise had reached an all-time low. He navigated the Broncos through massive changes and won from the start. Denver made the playoffs in each of Elway's first five years, appeared in two Super Bowls, and capped that run with a win in Super Bowl 50, making Elway the rare Hall of Famer to win a title both on and off the field.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 796.332 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Riva Lehrer
Description: "What do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy? And what becomes possible when we embrace monstrosity? In 1958, Riva is one of the first children born with spina bifida to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to "fix" her, sending the message over and over again that she is broken. That she will never have a job, a romantic relationship, or an independent life. Enduring countless medical interventions, Riva tries her best to be a good girl and a good patient in the quest to be cured. Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers, and performers who are building Disability Culture. Their work is daring, edgy, funny, and dark; it rejects tropes that define disabled people as pathetic, frightening, or worthless. They insist that disability is an opportunity for creativity and resistance. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits--an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others, and the world. With each portrait, and each person's story, the myths she's been told her whole life--about her body, her sexuality, and the value of normalcy--begin to crumble. Written with the vivid, cinematic prose of a visual artist, and the love and playfulness that defines all of Riva's work, Golem Girl is an extraordinary story of survival and creativity. With the author's magnificent portraits featured throughout, this memoir invites us to stretch ourselves toward a world where bodies flow between all possible forms of what it is to be human"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Ashley Rousseau, Rachel (Illustrator) Moss
Description: An inspiring children's picture book about the indomitable spirit of Jamaican six-time Olympic medal winner Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce.
Call Number: E Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Cerrie Burnell, Lauren Mark Baldo
Description: This book brings together 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present. In this stylishly illustrated biography anthology, meet 30 artists, thinkers, athletes and activists with disabilities, from past and present. From Frida Kahlo to Stephen Hawking, find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them. These short biographies tell the stories of people who have faced unique challenges which have not stopped them from becoming trailblazers, innovators, advocates and makers.
Call Number: J 305.9 Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Rachel Lance
Description: "A story about a woman scientist's journey to discover a submarine"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.757 Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Sarah Albee, Gustavo Mazali
Description: "Jane Goodall was the first person to study wild chimpanzees up close in a rain forest. She befriended the chimps and discovered amazing facts about their behaviors. What she learned forever changed how people look at these animals."--Amazon.
Call Number: JB Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Winifred Conkling
Description: Throughout the years, Gloria Steinem is perhaps the single-most iconic figure associated with women's rights, her name practically synonymous with the word "feminism." Documenting everything from her boundary-pushing journalistic career to the foundation of Ms. magazine to being awarded the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Winifred Conkling's Ms. Gloria Steinem: A Life is a meticulously researched YA biography that is sure to satisfy even the most voracious of aspiring glass-ceiling smashers.
Call Number: YA 305.42 Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Magdalena. Newman, Hilary Liftin
Description: "A moving memoir from the mother of a child with Treacher Collins Syndrome, with a foreword by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 611.716 New
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Roman Dial, Fred Sanders
Description: Scientist and explorer Roman Dial writes the memoir of his son's disappearance in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park. Dial searches for answers while experiencing a profound sense of loss.
Call Number: 917.286 Dia
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Betsy Bonner
Description: A balance of memoir and true crime, The Book of Atlantis Black will have you questioning facts, rooting for secrets, and asking what it means to know the truth. A young woman is found dead on the floor of a Tijuana hotel room. An ID in a nearby purse reads "Atlantis Black." The police report states that the body does not seem to match the identification, yet the body is quickly cremated and the case is considered closed. So begins Betsy Bonner's search for her sister, and the unraveling of the mysterious final months before her disappearance, alleged overdose, and death. Bonner attempts to decipher and construct a narrative. Through a history only she and Atlantis shared--a childhood fraught with abuse and mental illness, Atlantis's precocious yet short rise in the music world, and through it all an unshakable bond of sisterhood--Bonner finds questions that only lead to more questions and possible clues that seem to point in no particular direction.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Bon
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Robert J. Mrazek
Description: When Florence Finch died at the age of 101, few of her neighbors knew that this unassuming Filipina native was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, whose courage and sacrifice were unsurpassed in the Pacific War against Japan. Long accustomed to keeping her secrets close in service of the Allies, she waited fifty years to reveal the story of those dramatic and harrowing days to her own children. Florence was an unlikely warrior. She relied on her own intelligence and fortitude to survive on her own from the age of seven, facing bigotry as a mixed-race mestiza with the dual heritage of her American serviceman father and Filipina mother. As the war drew ever closer to the Philippines, Florence fell in love with an American naval intelligence agent, Charles "Bing" Smith. In the wake of Bing's sudden death in battle, Florence transformed from a mild young wife into a resistance fighter. She conceived a bold plan to divert fuel from the Japanese army, which was then sold on the black market to provide desperately needed medicine and food for hundreds of American POWs. In constant peril of arrest and execution, Florence fought to save others, even as the Japanese police closed in. This life unfolds against the Bataan Death March, the fall of Corregidor, and the daily struggle to survive a brutal occupying force. Robert J. Mrazek brings to light this long-hidden American patriot--the story of the bravery of a woman who belongs in America's pantheon of war heroes.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5472 Mra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Daniel Lee
Description: Based on documents discovered concealed within a simple chair for seventy years, this investigation into the life of a single S.S. officer during World War Two encapsulates the tragic experience of a generation of Europeans. An upholsterer in Amsterdam had found a bundle of swastika-covered documents inside the cushion of an armchair he was repairing. They belonged to Dr. Robert Griesinger, a lawyer from Stuttgart, who joined the S.S. and worked at the Reich's Ministry of Economics and Labor in Nazi-occupied Prague during the war. Daniel Lee was fascinated to know more about this man--and how his most precious documents ended up hidden inside a chair, hundreds of miles from Prague and Stuttgart. Here Lee weaves detection with biography to tell a narrative of ambition and intimacy in the Third Reich. He uncovers Griesinger's American back-story--his father was born in New Orleans and the family had ties to the plantations and music halls of nineteenth century Louisiana. As Lee follows the footsteps of a rank and file Nazi official seventy years later, and chronicles what became of him and his family at the war's end, Griesinger's role in Nazi crimes comes into focus. When Lee stumbles on an unforeseen connection between Griesinger and the murder of his own relatives in the Holocaust, he must grapple with potent questions about blame, manipulation, and responsibility. This is a detective story and a reconsideration of daily life in the Third Reich. It provides a window into the lives of Hitler's nameless followers and into the mechanisms through which ordinary people enacted history's most extraordinary atrocity.
Call Number: 943.086 Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
Onno Blom, Beverley Jackson
Description: An exploration of the little-known story of Rembrandt's formative years. Rembrandt van Rijn's early years are shrouded in mystery, and his life has always been an enigma. How did a miller's son from a provincial Dutch town become the greatest artist of his age? How did Rembrandt become Rembrandt? Seeking the roots of Rembrandt's genius, Onno Blom immersed himself in Leiden, the city in which Rembrandt was born in 1606 and where he spent his first twenty-five years. There are almost no written records by or about Rembrandt, so Blom tracked down old maps, sought out the Rembrandt family house and mill, and walked the route that Rembrandt would have taken to school. Blom, a native of Leiden himself, brings to life all the places Rembrandt would have known: the university, library, botanical garden, and anatomy theater. He investigated the concerns and tensions of the era, and he examined the origins and influences that led to the famous and beloved paintings that marked the beginning of Rembrandt's celebrated career as the paramount painter of the Dutch Golden Age. This is a portrait of the artist and the world that made him.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Rem
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 9, 2020
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A Drop Of Midnight : A Memoir
Jason Timbuktu Diakité, Rachel Willson-Broyles
B Dia
Jane Goodall : A Champion Of Chimpanzees
Sarah Albee, Gustavo Mazali
JB Goo
A Pirate's Life For She : Swashbuckling Women Through The Ages
Laura Sook Duncombe
YA 910.45 Dun
Ms. Gloria Steinem : A Life
Winifred Conkling
YA 305.42 Con
A Voice Named Aretha
Katheryn Russell-Brown, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
E Rus
Normal : A Mother And Her Beautiful Son
Magdalena. Newman, Hilary Liftin
611.716 New
Crystal Eastman : A Revolutionary Life
Amy Aronson
B Eas
The Adventurer's Son [Audiobook] : A Memoir
Roman Dial, Fred Sanders
917.286 Dia
Elway : A Relentless Life
Jason (Sports writer) Cole
796.332 Col
The Book Of Atlantis Black : The Search For A Sister Gone Missing
Betsy Bonner
364.1523 Bon
Golem Girl : A Memoir
Riva Lehrer
The Indomitable Florence Finch : The Untold Story Of A War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter And Savior Of American Pows
Robert J. Mrazek
940.5472 Mra
I Am A Promise
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Ashley Rousseau, Rachel (Illustrator) Moss
E Fra
The S.s. Officer's Armchair : Uncovering The Hidden Life Of A Nazi
Daniel Lee
943.086 Lee
I Am Not A Label
Cerrie Burnell, Lauren Mark Baldo
J 305.9 Bur
Young Rembrandt : A Biography
Onno Blom, Beverley Jackson
B Rem
In The Waves : My Quest To Solve The Mystery Of A Civil War Submarine
Rachel Lance
973.757 Lan