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Peggy/ Rowe Rowe
Call Number: ordered 092018
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Eric Idle
Description: From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor.
Call Number: B Idl
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
1965- author Mike D, Adam Horovitz
Description: Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, Licensed to Ill--and the album's messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique; their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam "MCA" Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys' New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.
Call Number: ordered 080918
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
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 13, 2018
Andrew Roberts
Description: "When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In Churchill, Andrew Roberts gives readers the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable. Roberts gained exclusive access to extensive new material: transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries. The Royal Family permitted Roberts--in a first for a Churchill biographer--to read the detailed notes taken by King George VI in his diary after his weekly meetings with Churchill during World War II. This treasure trove of access allows Roberts to understand the man in revelatory new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive. We think of Churchill as a hero who saved civilization from the evils of Nazism and warned of the grave crimes of Soviet communism, but Roberts's masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges leaders face today--and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership and moral conviction."--Dust jacket.
Call Number: B Chu
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Phoebe Robinson, Ilana Glazer
Description: "Wouldn't it be great if life came with an instruction manual? Of course, but like access to Michael B. Jordan's house, none of us are getting any. Thankfully, Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she's experienced in hopes that if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own. Written in her trademark unfiltered and singularly witty style, Robinson's latest essay collection is a call to arms. She tackles a wide range of topics, such as giving feminism a tough love talk in hopes it can become more intersectional; telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks; and demanding that toxic masculinity close its mouth and legs (enough with the manspreading already!), and get out of the way so true progress can happen"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 817 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
David W. Blight, Prentice Onayemi
Description: David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass's newspapers. Blight tells the fascinating story of Douglass's two marriages and his complex extended family. Douglass was not only an astonishing man of words, but a thinker steeped in Biblical story and theology.
Call Number: ordered 102518
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Kiese Laymon
Description: "Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate--a mother-child relationship--to the most universal--a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.896 Lay
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Call Number: ordered 091318
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Lane Moore
Description: "Lane Moore is a fool for love. From her addiction to romantic comedies to her tendency to form instant soulmate connections with strangers, Lane has a way of romanticizing everything and everyone. But her romantic nature belies a decidedly unromantic childhood, one that sent her down a long and difficult road. Lane considers herself an orphan, though she has two living parents. Her estrangement from her family was a catalyst for her to build a new one with a community of friends, comedians, and oddball roommates in Los Angeles and then New York City. With an intoxicating blend of dark wit and relentless positivity, Lane sheds light on an often-stigmatized condition and reveals how she harnessed and drew strength from her loneliness to become the creative powerhouse she is today."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 110818
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Abbi Jacobson
Description: When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: Why wasn't she going with friends? Wouldn't it be incredibly lonely? The North route is better! Was it safe for a woman? The Southern route is the way to go! You should bring mace! And a common one; why? But Abbi had always found comfort in solitude, and needed space to step back and hit the reset button. As she spent time in each city and town on her way to Los Angeles, she mulled over the big questions, What do I really want? What is the worst possible scenario in which I could run into my ex? How has the decision to wear my shirts tucked in been pivotal in my adulthood? In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections-all told in the sharp, wildly funny, and relatable voice that has endeared Abbi to critics and fans alike, listeners will feel like they're in the passenger seat.
Call Number: 817 Jac
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Sally Field
Description: Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the complexity of Sybil to the ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. The one character who always remained hidden is the shy and anxious little girl within. With raw honesty, humility, and authenticity, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, and deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother.
Call Number: B Fie
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Jeff Tweedy
Call Number: ordered 102518
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Tina Turner, Deborah Davis, Dominik Wichmann
Description: From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between. My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina's signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a memoir as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits.
Call Number: B Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Ellie Kemper
Description: Ellie Kemper presents a collection of essays about her journey from her Midwestern roots to Hollywood semi-celebrity to outrageously reasonable New Yorker. My Squirrel Days is a funny, free-wheeling tour of Ellie's life--from growing up in suburban St. Louis with a vivid imagination to moving to Los Angeles. She will take you back to her childhood as a nature lover determined to commune with squirrels, to her college career as a benchwarming field hockey player with no assigned position, and to her young professional days writing radio commercials for McDonald's but never getting paid. Ellie will guide you along her journey through adulthood, from unorganized bride to impatient wife to anxious mother. Her voice is the perfect antidote to the chaos of modern life. In short, she will tell you nothing you need to know about making it in show business, and everything you need to know about discreetly changing a diaper at a Cibo Express.
Call Number: B Kem
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Delilah, Coleen Marlo
Description: "Delilah, the most listened-to woman on American radio, has distinguished herself as the "Queen of Sappy Love Songs" and America's ultimate romance guru. But Delilah's life off-air is all the more extraordinary -- a life full of trials, forgiveness, faith, and adventure. In One Heart at a Time, Delilah's heartfelt account of her own story reveals what shaped the voice that 9 million listeners know and love. Today, Delilah is the founder of an NGO called Point Hope, the owner of a 55-acre working farm, and an inductee of the National Radio Hall of Fame. But to achieve this, she often had to pave her own way. Disowned by her father, divorced, and fired from a dozen jobs over the years, Delilah pushed forward through family addiction and devastating loss, through glass ceilings and red tape. Her consistent goal to help those in need took her everywhere from the streets of Philadelphia to refugee camps in Ghana. Along the way, Delilah was blessed by 13 children, 10 of them adopted. Though many of them contend with special needs and the forever effects of a broken foster care system, her children have been able to transform their own remarkable lessons into guiding lights for other kids in need. Just as Delilah has done. One Heart at a Time exposes the real woman behind the microphone. In her easy-going style and characteristic, beloved voice, Delilah tells her deeply moving life story as the series of miracles it is."--Amazon.
Call Number: B Del
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Jill Sherman
Description: Chronicles the lives and relationship of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Call Number: J 941.086 She
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Jane Sherron De Hart
Description: An examination of the private, public, legal, and philosophical life of one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time. De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story we see the influence of her Jewish background; the influence of her mother, Celia Amster Bader, whose intellect inspired her daughter's feminism; her husband, Marty Ginsburg, and his battle with cancer; her years with the ACLU Women's Rights Project, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and her crucial years on the Supreme Court. -- adapted from publisher info
Call Number: B Gin
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Karina Longworth
Call Number: ordered 100418
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Pete Souza
Description: As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him a behind-the-scenes view of the Office of the Presidency--and the responsibility that comes with it. This collection is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. More than one hundred images of President Obama are framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first five hundred days of the Trump White House Souza's photographs are a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office, and they are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.
Call Number: 973.932 Sou
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Charlamagne Tha God, I. (Ishmeal) Major, writer of supplementary textual content Scarface
Description: Charlamagne Tha God details the ways anxiety has been a driving force his life since childhood. For many years, he stressed over being unpopular in school, potential rejection by women, being ugly, and worst of all, falling into the life of stagnation or crime that caught up so many of his friends and family in his hometown of Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Even after achieving national prominence as a radio personality, Charlamagne still found himself paralyzed by thoughts that he wouldn't be able to take his career to the next level. But now, he is working through these problems with help from mentors, guests on his show, and therapy. He knows therapy and showing weakness are anxiety producing in the black community. By sharing his personal story, he wants to clear a path for others in hopes that they won't feel shame while dealing openly with their mental health.
Call Number: ordered 110818
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Roger Daltrey
Description: This is Roger Daltrey's story, from his birth during the air bombing of London in 1944, through tempestuous school days to his expulsion at age 15. Thanks to Mr. Kibblewhite, his headmaster, it could all have ended there. Then rock and roll came on the scene--he made his first guitar; he formed a band, and the band became The Who--Maximum R&B, and Roger Daltrey became the front man of one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. This is the story of My Generation, Tommy, and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms. But it is also the story of how that post-war generation redefined the rules of youth. The modern music industry was born. Money, drugs and youthful exuberance were a dangerous mix. This is as much a story of survival as it is of success. Roger Daltrey tells his story--his own account of more than 50 wild years on the road, the definitive story of The Who and of the sweeping revolution that was British rock 'n' roll.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: B Dal
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Jane Leavy
Description: Babe Ruth lived in the present tense--in the camera's lens. There was no frame he couldn't or wouldn't fill. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom. His was a life of journeys and itineraries. After hitting his 60th home run in September 1927--a total that would not be exceeded until 1961--he embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, a three-week victory lap across America, accompanied by Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig. Jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus and in so doing captures the romp and the pathos that defined Ruth's life and times. Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man.
Call Number: 796.357 Lea
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman
Description: The popular comedic couple trace the story of their relationship, sharing anecdotes, family photos, and secrets that reveal how they overcame considerable social differences through their shared values and mutual love of music and laughter.
Call Number: 646.77 Mul
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Kobe Bryant
Description: The NBA great nicknamed "The Black Mamba" shares his knowledge and understanding of basketball, outlining his detailed approach to preparing both physically and mentally to succeed at the game and revealing the core of his "Mamba mentality."
Call Number: ordered 102518
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Ana/ Warner Warner
Call Number: ordered 102518
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Busy Philipps
Description: Philipps has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. Leaving Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood, she found chasing her dreams wasn't always easy-- and sometimes hurt more than a little. In this stunningly candid memoir, she opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
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About My Mother : True Stories Of A Horse-Crazy Daughter And Her Baseball-obsessed Mother - A Memoir
Peggy/ Rowe Rowe
ordered 092018
My Squirrel Days [Audiobook]
Ellie Kemper
B Kem
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life: A Sortabiography [Audiobook]
Eric Idle
B Idl
One Heart At A Time [Audiobook]
Delilah, Coleen Marlo
B Del
Beastie Boys Book
1965- author Mike D, Adam Horovitz
ordered 080918
Prince Harry & Meghan : Royals For A New Era
Jill Sherman
J 941.086 She
Becoming
Michelle Obama
B Oba
Ruth Bader Ginsburg : A Life
Jane Sherron De Hart
B Gin
Churchill: Walking With Destiny
Andrew Roberts
B Chu
Seduction : Sex, Lies, And Stardom In Howard Hughes's Hollywood
Karina Longworth
ordered 100418
Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
Phoebe Robinson, Ilana Glazer
817 Rob
Shade : A Tale Of Two Presidents
Pete Souza
973.932 Sou
Frederick Douglass: Prophet Of Freedom [Audiobook]
David W. Blight, Prentice Onayemi
ordered 102518
Shook One : Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me
Charlamagne Tha God, I. (Ishmeal) Major, writer of supplementary textual content Scarface
ordered 110818
Heavy : An American Memoir
Kiese Laymon
305.896 Lay
Thanks A Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite : My Story
Roger Daltrey
B Dal
Hindsight And All The Things I Can't See In Front Of Me.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
ordered 091318
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth And The World He Created
Jane Leavy
796.357 Lea
How To Be Alone : If You Want To, And Even If You Don't
Lane Moore
ordered 110818
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History
Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman
646.77 Mul
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, And Other Stuff [Audiobook]
Abbi Jacobson
817 Jac
The Mamba Mentality : How I Play
Kobe Bryant
ordered 102518
In Pieces: A Memoir
Sally Field
B Fie
The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story Of Autism And Hope
Ana/ Warner Warner
ordered 102518
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc.
Jeff Tweedy
ordered 102518
This Will Only Hurt A Little
Busy Philipps
B Phi
My Love Story
Tina Turner, Deborah Davis, Dominik Wichmann
B Tur