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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
David Biespiel
Description: Poet and essayist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life's central riddle: Are we ever done leaving home? Written in the years that followed the devastation of Houston wrought by three 500-year floods in three years--including Hurricane Harvey, the worst flood in Texas history--Biespiel's account is by turns personal and philosophical, a meditation on time's inevitable losses and a writer's hard-won gains.
Call Number: B Bie
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Jude Warne
Description: "Celebrating the band's fiftieth anniversary, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell share stories of growing up, growing together, and growing older. Journalist Jude Warne weaves original interviews with Beckley, Bunnell, and many others into a dynamic cultural history of America, the band, and America, the nation"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 780.92 War
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Peter Salmon
Description: "An introduction to the life and work of the philosopher Jacques Derrida"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 194 Sal
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 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: Mar 24, 2021
Audrey DeAngelis
Description: This biography highlights the life and accomplishments of Cardi B. Readers learn about Cardi's early life, inspiration to pursue music, and successes as a hip-hop artist. With striking photographs and sidebars, the book also explores Cardi's social media success, her iconic fashion, and her social and political activism. Features include a timeline, glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index.
Call Number: YA B Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Lucy Brownridge
Description: Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist whose life was just as bright and colorful as her paintings. She endured many illnesses throughout her life but she never stopped painting and her perserverance and talent took her all over the world.
Call Number: JB Kah
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Jesse Thistle
Description: A memoir about hope and resilience, and a look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, but their tough-love attitudes meant conflicts became commonplace. Struggling, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. He finally realized he would die unless he turned his life around. Jesse writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education. An exploration of what it means to live in a world surrounded by prejudice and racism and to be cast adrift, showing how love and support can help one find happiness despite the odds.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Thi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Leah Messer
Description: Leah was first thrust under the reality television microscope when her teen pregnancy was documented on MTV's series, 16 and Pregnant. Since then, fans of Teen Mom 2 have watched her life play out on the small screen--from her struggle to rise to the challenges of motherhood, through her harrowing journey to find a diagnosis for one of her twin girls with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and the collapse of two marriages. She has learned to live under the harsh glare of media scrutiny, yet there is a truth behind the reality that the cameras have never revealed.
Call Number: 791.45 Mes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Sunny Hostin, Charisse Jones
Description: The co-host of "The View" and ABC News senior legal correspondent traces her journey from a biracial child in a South Bronx housing project to a successful and influential Washington, D.C. attorney and journalist.
Call Number: B Hos
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Loni Love, Jeannine Amber
Description: Loni Love, the cohost of Fox's The Real and SiriusXM's Café Mocha, presents a laugh-out-loud memoir about learning to resist the pressures of conformity while unlocking personal potential through self-acceptance.
Call Number: 158.1 Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad
Description: "Gyo Fujikawa's iconic children's books are beloved all over the world. Now it's time for Gyo's story to be told--a story of artistic talent that refused to be constrained by rules or expectations. Growing up quiet and lonely at the beginning of the twentieth century, Gyo learned from her relatives the ways in which both women and Japanese people lacked opportunity. Her teachers and family believed in her and sent her to art school and later Japan, where her talent flourished. But while Gyo's career grew and led her to work for Walt Disney Studios, World War II began, and with it, her family's internment. But Gyo never stopped fighting--for herself, her vision, her family and her readers--and later wrote and illustrated the first children's book to feature children of different races interacting together."-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: E Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Jessica Rusick
Description: Readers will learn about the creator of the Jessica Simpson Collection, Jessica Simpson. Follow Simpson's story from her childhood in Texas, to her early years as an actress, to her founding of fashion lines JS by Jessica Simpson, Princy, and the Jessica Simpson Collection with its focus on inclusive fashion.
Call Number: ER 746.92 Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Jill Biden, Kathleen Krull, Amy June Bates
Description: Joe Biden grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. His parents always encouraged him and his siblings to be independent and strong. The family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where at twenty-nine, Biden was elected one the youngest United States Senators ever elected. This is his story.
Call Number: E Bid
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Heather E. Schwartz
Description: "Playwright and Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known as the mind behind the smash-hit musical Hamilton. This title explores Hamilton and Miranda's other works, as well as his life off-stage"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Mir
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Helena Pérez García
Description: When Louise was a little girl, her mother died. She learned to express her feelings through drawing--and when she grew up, she turned these drawings into sculpture, confronting her own fears through art. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the artist's life.
Call Number: E San
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Suzanne Finstad
Description: Natalie Wood has been hailed alongside Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor as one of the top three female movie stars in film history. We watched her mature on the movie screen before our eyes in classics such as Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, and West Side Story. But the story of what she endured, of what her life was like when the doors of the soundstages closed, had long been obscured. Suzanne Finstad conducted nearly four hundred interviews with Natalie Wood's family, close friends, legendary costars, lovers, film crews, and virtually everyone connected to her death. She reveals painful truths in Wood's complex relationships with James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Warren Beatty, and, of course, Robert Wagner. In this updated edition, Finstad will share her explosive findings from the last two decades. She uncovers what really happened to Natalie Wood on that fateful boating trip in 1981 with Wagner and Christopher Walken.
Call Number: B Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Blake Bailey
Description: "The renowned biographer's definitive portrait of a literary titan. Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth's personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, andengaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of 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 florid love life, culminating in his almost-twenty-year relationship with actress Claire Bloom, who pilloried Roth in her 1996 memoir, Leaving a Doll's House. Tracing Roth's path from realism to farce to metafiction to thetragic masterpieces of the American Trilogy, Bailey explores Roth's engagement with nearly every aspect of postwar American culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Jamie Bastedo
Description: Many young people and adults are rudely awakening to the fact that unchecked climate change and other widespread environmental issues paint a gloomy picture of their future. This knowledge can lead to a sense of fear, helplessness or worse, apathy. This book aims to help stem those concerns by shining an inspiring and entertaining light on the lives of daring, dedicated individuals whose great passion, talents, and heart are helping to tip the environmental balance away from destruction and collapse towards hope, healing and personal empowerment. This book tells engaging stories about a wide variety of people from across Canada who share a great passion for the environment. Beyond a deep personal connection with nature, these "environmental trailblazers" are doing unique and amazing things to protect the environment, while leading others down greener paths full of hope and positive action. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 363.7 Bas
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Lisa Rogak
Description: "The first biography of the most popular anchor in cable news. Rachel Maddow has beaten the odds in a way that's novel in today's America: she uses her brain. In a world of banal and opinionated soundbites, she regularly crushes Sean Hannity's ratings thanks to her deeply researched reports. And in our highly polarized world, Maddow amiably engages the staunchest conservatives, while never hesitating to expose their light-on-facts defenses. As a result, she's become the top anchor for MSNBC and a beloved representative for all that progressive America holds dear. The news that Maddow was the first publicly-out lesbian to anchor a prime-time TV news show seemed almost anticlimactic to her millions of viewers, who will be surprised and intrigued by little-known details of her life."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Mad
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Aimee Mayo
Description: Aimee Mayo grew up in deep Alabama, Her colorful and charismatic father went from a gambling janitor to a multi-millionaire, but died homeless. Her mother was wonderful when she wasn't popping pain pills like M&M's and her stepdad made a weird science out of psychological abuse. Throughout her teens, Aimee survived by writing compulsively in diaries, dreaming of becoming a songwriter and finding her soulmate. After accidentally burning down her house—just one in a series of disasters—at twenty years old she found herself lost with no path to the life she had always longed for. She tried to kill herself and almost succeeded. Finally, Aimee made it to Nashville. She started out a waitress, married to a wife-beating country singer, but never lost sight of her dreams.
Call Number: B May
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Natasha Sajé
Description: "The word "terroir" refers to the climate and soil in which something is grown. Natasha Sajé applies this idea to people and the environments that nurture and challenge them. In exploring her identity as the child of European refugees alongside her life in the United States, she offers incisive commentary on nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class. From a winter waitressing in Switzerland to marriage to a Jamaican man in Baltimore, and after his death, to a woman in Salt Lake City, this memoir-in-essays asks how how terroir creates identity, reminding us that change is constant in our lives."--Back cover.
Call Number: B Saj
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Colton Underwood
Description: "The fan-favorite bachelor opens up about his childhood and goes behind the scenes of his dramatic and unconventional experience on the beloved reality show"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Und
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Joe Posnanski
Description: Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves. This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini's most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini's Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission is life has been to keep the legend's name alive. Both a personal obsession and an odyssey of discovery, Posnanski draws inspiration from his lifelong passion for and obsession with magic, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to examine Harry Houdini's life and legacy. This is the ultimate journey to uncover why this magic man endures, and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.
Call Number: B Hou
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Perez Hilton, Leif Eriksson, Martin Svensson
Description: The story of how Mario Lavandeira became Perez Hilton, a celebrity blogger and the most hated man in Hollywood.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 818 Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Lisa Rogak
Description: "A biography of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek"-- Provided by publisher.After a contestant wrote 'We love you, Alex!' as his Final Jeopardy! answer, fans around the world have proclaimed their love and support for beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek in the wake of his cancer diagnosis. Viewers have long considered Trebek to be a part of their daily lives since he began hosting the show in 1984. Rogak gives readers a look at his early life, his career, and his personal life throughout the years. -- adapted from jacket.
Call Number: B Tre
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Kirsten (Kirsten Stephanie) Anderson, Jake Murray
Description: "Ken Jennings is considered the greatest of all-time contestants on Jeopardy! and became a household name after his impressive 74-game winning streak. After the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek, Jennings became the first guest to host Jeopardy! Read more about Ken Jennings and his curious life in this Who HQ Now biography." --Amazon.com.
Call Number: JB Jen
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Melanie LaBarge, Caroline Corrigan
Description: "An alphabet picture book featuring famous women artists and their most iconic works"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J 704.042 LaB
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
Sal Iacono, Jimmy Kimmel
Description: Over the last forty years, Cousin Sal has made bets with doctors, lawyers, teachers, agents, bookies, writers, comedians, radio DJs, TV producers, baseball players, front office executives, bandleaders, movie stars, publicists, weed lab owners, hedge fund operators, and even professional wrestlers. From his early days growing up in Brooklyn and Long Island flipping baseball cards to now hosting podcasts and TV shows and managing several offshore accounts we don't talk about, Cousin Sal has become the average American sports fan's go to source for gambling tips. With hilarious tales of love and loss, winning and (a lot) of losing, crazy family and fatherhood, and a life saga that inspired the Phil Collins' song, "Against All Odds," Cousin Sal has now written THE Vegas super-system, MIT-algorithmic, sharp-approved book for how to gamble like a pro--or at least how not to go broke and lose your kids to Child Protective Services.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 795 Iac
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2021
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A Drop Of Midnight : A Memoir
Jason Timbuktu Diakité, Rachel Willson-Broyles
B Dia
Louise Bourgeois
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Helena Pérez García
E San
A Place Of Exodus : Home, Memory, And Texas
David Biespiel
B Bie
Natalie Wood : The Complete Biography
Suzanne Finstad
B Woo
America, The Band : An Authorized Biography
Jude Warne
780.92 War
Philip Roth : The Biography
Blake Bailey
An Event, Perhaps : A Biography Of Jacques Derrida
Peter Salmon
194 Sal
Protectors Of The Planet : Environmental Trailblazers From 7 To 97
Jamie Bastedo
YA 363.7 Bas
Bevelations : Lessons From A Mutha, Auntie, Bestie
Bevy Smith
B Smi
Rachel Maddow
Lisa Rogak
B Mad
Cardi B : Groundbreaking Rap Powerhouse
Audrey DeAngelis
YA B Car
Talking To The Sky : A Memoir Of Living My Best Life In A Shit Show
Aimee Mayo
B May
Frida Kahlo
Lucy Brownridge
JB Kah
Terroir : Love, Out Of Place
Natasha Sajé
B Saj
From The Ashes : My Story Of Being Métis, Homeless, And Finding My Way
Jesse Thistle
B Thi
The First Time : Finding Myself And Looking For Love On Reality Tv
Colton Underwood
B Und
Hope, Grace & Faith
Leah Messer
791.45 Mes
The Life And Afterlife Of Harry Houdini
Joe Posnanski
B Hou
I Am These Truths : A Memoir Of Identity, Justice, And Living Between Worlds
Sunny Hostin, Charisse Jones
B Hos
Tmi : My Life In Scandal
Perez Hilton, Leif Eriksson, Martin Svensson
818 Hil
I Tried To Change So You Don't Have To : True Life Lessons
Loni Love, Jeannine Amber
158.1 Lov
Who Is Alex Trebek? : A Biography
Lisa Rogak
B Tre
It Began With A Page : How Gyo Fujikawa Drew The Way
Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad
E Mac
Who Is Ken Jennings?
Kirsten (Kirsten Stephanie) Anderson, Jake Murray
JB Jen
Jessica Simpson : All-american Fashion Entrepreneur
Jessica Rusick
ER 746.92 Rus
Women Artists A To Z
Melanie LaBarge, Caroline Corrigan
J 704.042 LaB
Joey : The Story Of Joe Biden
Jill Biden, Kathleen Krull, Amy June Bates
E Bid
You Can't Lose Them All : Tales Of A Degenerate Gambler And His Ridiculous Friends
Sal Iacono, Jimmy Kimmel
795 Iac
Lin-manuel Miranda : Revolutionary Playwright, Composer, And Actor
Heather E. Schwartz
JB Mir