Hottest New Biographies of the Rich and Famous

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Ever wondered what it was like to be rich and famous? Check out these biographies to learn how the other half lives.


Tom Callahan
Description: "In this definitive biography, veteran sportswriter Tom Callahan shines a spotlight on one of the greatest golfers ever to play the game, Arnold Palmer. The winner of more than ninety championships, including four Masters Tournaments, Arnold Palmer was a legend in twentieth century sports: a supremely gifted competitor beloved for his powerful hitting, his nerve on the greens, and his great rapport with fans. Perhaps above all others, Palmer was the reason golf's popularity exploded, as the King of the links helped define golf's golden age along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. In addition to his talent on the golf course, Palmer was a brilliant entrepreneur off it, and one of the first sportsmen to create his own successful marketing brand. Forging an alliance with sports agent Mark McCormick, Palmer parlayed his popularity into lucrative deals, and helped pave the way for the multi-million-dollar contracts that have become standard for stars across all sports. But beyond his business acumen, Palmer was always a larger-than-life character, and Arnie recounts a host of unforgettable anecdotes from a long life in the spotlight. Tom Callahan knew Palmer well for many years, and now pays tribute to this golfing icon. Filled with great stories from the key people in Palmer's life, Arnie is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of a remarkable man and his extraordinary legacy"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Pal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Ray Connolly
Call Number: B Pre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Rose McGowan
Description: In Hollywood McGowan was continually on display, and stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. She escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. She was supposed to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. This is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto: an exposé about an entertainment industry built on systemic misogyny.-- ǂc Adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: B McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Martin Appel
Call Number: B Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
John Oates, Chris Epting
Call Number: B Oat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Marc Eliot
Call Number: B Hes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
George Matthew Karl, Curt Sampson
Description: The most outspoken and combative coach in NBA history, and one of the most successful, amassing more than 1,175 victories, the sixth best winning record ever, reflects on his life, his career, and his battles on and off the basketball court in this no-holds-barred memoir.
Call Number: 796.323 Kar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Jim Walsh
Call Number: 781.66 Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Katey Sagal
Call Number: B Sag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Eric Braeden, Lindsay Harrison
Description: For nearly four decades, fans have welcomed the star of the daytime show, The Young and the Restless, into their living rooms. While they've come to know and love the suave Victor Newman, few truly know the man behind the character, the supremely talented Eric Braeden. I'll Be Damned is his story--a startling and uplifting true tale of war, deprivation, determination, fame, and social commitment that spans from Nazi Germany to modern Hollywood."--Book jacket flap.
Call Number: B Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Sid Luft, Randy Schmidt
Description: The third of Judy Garland's five husbands, Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around. He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy's meteoric comeback after she was booted off the MGM lot: he produced her Oscar-nominated vehicle A Star Is Born and shaped her concert career. Sid Luft's intimate autobiography tells his and Judy's story. The romance lasted Judy's lifetime, despite the separations, the reconciliations, and the divorce.
Call Number: 920 Luf
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Anna Pasternak
Call Number: 891.7342 Pas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Erin Staley
Description: Highlights the struggles and achievements of Laverne Cox, an American actress, who became the first openly transgender person to win numerous awards and have a wax work in Madame Tussauds.
Call Number: YA 306.768 Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Jason Zinoman
Call Number: B Let
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Elizabeth Winder
Call Number: B Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Erika Jayne
Description: "Without her alter-ego Erika Jayne, Erika Girardi says she'd just be "another rich bitch with a plane"--so get ready for the dishy, tell-all memoir from show-stopping performer, model, singer, and beloved star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika Jayne. Erika Jayne didn't make it this far by holding back. Now, in her first-ever memoir, the fan favorite star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills bares her heart, mind, and soul. In Pretty Mess, Erika spills on every aspect of her life:from her rise to fame as a daring and fiery pop/dance performer and singer; to her decision to accept a role on reality television; to the ups and downs of family life (including her marriage to famed lawyer Tom Girardi, thirty-three years her senior). There's much more to Erika Jayne than fans see on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Pretty Mess is her opportunity to dig deep and tell her many-layered, unique, and inspiring life story. As fun and fearless as its author, this fascinating memoir proves once and for all why Erika Jayne is so beloved: she's strong, confident, genuine, and here to tell all!"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 011818
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Sally Bedell Smith
Call Number: B Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Jenelle Evans, Tonia Brown
Description: Jenelle Evans shares the raw emotional stories of her youth that helped shape the woman she has become, all drawn from her childhood diary. From her appearances on 16 and Pregnant and then Teen Mom 2, Jenelle Evans's life was put on display for all to see, and all to judge. Everyone thinks they know her, but what the audience can't see runs deeper than what is left on the editing room floor. What of Jenelle's complicated life before her newfound fame? An overbearing mother. Erratic siblings. A father who didn't seem to care. Though there was no camera to capture those difficult moments, there were a few well-dept diaries. Jenelle tells her story through the eyes of her troubled youth, taken from her memories that were scrawled across the pages of her own diaries.
Call Number: 306.8743 Eva
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin
Description: When Trayvon Martin took his last walk down a Florida street on a cool February evening in 2012, he was just another American teenager, heading home with candy and a soda, talking on the phone with a friend, and dreaming of the future. By the end of the night he was dead--gunned down by a neighborhood watchman. Within weeks his name would be on the lips of a President and the movement for justice in his case would spread all over the country. Today his name is still evoked -- in the media, by artists like Beyonce and Frank Ocean in their work, and by presidential candidates--and his iconic photo, a boy in a hoodie, gazing at the camera, has been seen all over the world. But who was Trayvon Martin before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child's death on a dark street in a small Florida suburb become the match that lit a movement? Rest in Power, told through the alternating narratives of his parents, will for the first time answer those questions from the most intimate sources. The book will take us beyond the news cycle, controversies, and familiar images to give their deeper account: The story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the grief and confusion that followed, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and how these two humble, hardworking parents, powered by love for their lost son, made his life matter, even in death.
Call Number: 305.896 Ful
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
John A. Farrell
Description: "Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, and lively on the page, this is the Nixon we've been waiting for. Richard Nixon opens with young Navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returning from the Pacific and setting his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes quickly gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. It is a stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial portrait of a man who embodied postwar American cynicism. Within four years of that first win, Nixon would be a U.S. senator; in six the vice president of the United States of America. "Few came so far, so fast, and so alone," Farrell writes. Finally president, Nixon's staff was full of bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, poverty, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who set South against North, and who spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. He persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances--and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal known as Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. Richard Nixon is an enthralling tour de force biography of our darkest president, one that reviewers will hail as a defining portrait, and the full life of Nixon readers have awaited"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Nix
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Andi Dorfman
Description: "Andi Dorfman, star of ABC's The Bachelorette, became a New York Times bestseller with IT'S NOT OKAY, her story of searching for love on national TV. In her new book, readers can follow her adventures as a still-single gal living in NYC--it's Sex and the City for the reality TV generation"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 122117
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Mick Woodmansey, Joel McIver
Description: In January 2016, the unexpected death of David Bowie rocked the globe. He was an icon celebrated for his music, his film and theatrical roles, and his trendsetting influence on fashion and gender norms. But no one from his inner circle has told the story of how David Jones--a young folksinger, dancer, and aspiring mime--became one of the most influential artists of our time. Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie's band The Spiders from Mars which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made David Bowie a sensation. Spider from Mars reveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of a star's self-creation. Woodmansey details the album sessions for the four big albums that made Bowie a cult figure. As fame beckoned and eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock 'n' roll excess that would drive the band apart.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 781.66 Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Tiger Woods, Lorne Rubenstein
Call Number: 796.3526 Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell, James Franco
Description: In 2003, an independent film called The Room--starring and written, produced, directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit of indeterminate age and origin named Tommy Wiseau--made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as "like getting stabbed in the head," the six-million-dollar film earned a grand total of $1800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Ten years later, The Room is an international cult phenomenon. Thousands of fans wait in line for hours to attend screenings complete with costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons. In The Disaster Artist, actor Greg Sestero, Tommy's costar and longtime best friend, recounts the film's long, strange journey to infamy, unraveling mysteries for fans--who on earth is "Steven," and what's with that hospital on Guerrero Street?--as well as the question that plagues the uninitiated: how the hell did a movie this awful ever get made? But more than just a laugh-out-loud funny story about cinematic hubris, The Disaster Artist is also a great piece of narrative nonfiction, a portrait of a mysterious man who got past every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms. Written with a gimlet eye but an open heart, The Disaster Artist is the hilarious and inspiring story of a dream that just wouldn't die.
Call Number: ordered 010418
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Joanna Scutts
Description: "You've met the extra woman: she's sophisticated, she lives comfortably alone, she pursues her passions unabashedly, and--contrary to society's suspicions--she really is happy. Despite multiple waves of feminist revolution, today's single woman is still mired in judgment or, worse, pity. But for a brief exclamatory period in the late 1930s, she was all the rage. A delicious cocktail of cultural history and literary biography, The Extra Woman transports us to the turbulent and transformative years between suffrage and the sixties, when, thanks to the glamorous grit of one Marjorie Hillis, single women boldly claimed and enjoyed their independence. Hillis, the pragmatic daughter of a Brooklyn preacher, was poised for reinvention when she moved to the big city to start a life of her own. Gone were the days of the flirty flapper; ladies of Depression-era New York embraced a new icon: the independent working woman. Hillis was already a success at Vogue when she published a radical self-help book in 1936: Live Alone and Like It: A Guide for the Extra Woman. With Dorothy Parker-esque wit, she urged spinsters, divorcées, and 'old maids' to shed derogatory labels and take control of their lives, and her philosophy became a phenomenon. From the importance of a peignoir to the joy of breakfast in bed (alone), Hillis's tips made single life desirable and chic. In a style as irresistible as Hillis's own, Joanna Scutts, a leading cultural critic, explores the revolutionary years following the Live-Alone movement, when the status of these 'brazen ladies' peaked and then collapsed. Other innovative lifestyle gurus set similar trends that celebrated guiltless female independence and pleasure: Dorothy Draper's interior design smash, Decorating Is Fun! transformed apartments; Irma Rombauer's warm and welcoming recipe book, The Joy of Cooking, reassured the nervous home chef that she, too, was capable of decadent culinary feats. By painting the wider picture, Scutts reveals just how influential Hillis's career was, spanning decades and numerous bestsellers. With this vibrant examination of a remarkable life and profound feminist philosophy, Scutts at last reclaims Hillis as the original queen of a maligned sisterhood. Channeling Hillis's charm, The Extra Woman is both a brilliant exposé of women who forged their independent paths before the domestic backlash of the 1950s trapped them behind picket fences, and an illuminating excursion into the joys of fashion, mixology, decorating, and other manifestations of shameless self-love."--Dust jacket flaps.
Call Number: 305.42 Scu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Mark Dagostino
Description: The first book from Chip and Joanna Gaines, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything. From the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.
Call Number: 920 Gai
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Veronica Chambers
Description: Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what Michelle Obama means to our culture. This book does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.932 Mea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Paula Poundstone
Description: "A hilarious story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a working mother raising three kids"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Pou
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
John Hodgman
Description: A memoir of the author's cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man.
Call Number: 817 Hod
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
Gabrielle Union
Description: Union launched her career with roles in iconic '90s movies. When she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault, she urged compassion for victims of sexual violence. In this moving collection of essays, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. She discusses her experiences with bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood; growing up in white California suburbia, and coping with the divorce of her parents. Throughout, she reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
Call Number: B Uni
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2018
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Arnie: The Life Of Arnold Palmer
Tom Callahan
B Pal
Pretty Mess
Erika Jayne
ordered 011818
Being Elvis: A Lonely Life
Ray Connolly
B Pre
Prince Charles : The Passions And Paradoxes Of An Improbable Life
Sally Bedell Smith
B Cha
Brave
Rose McGowan
B McG
Read Between The Lines: From The Diary Of A Teenage Mom
Jenelle Evans, Tonia Brown
306.8743 Eva
Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character
Martin Appel
B Ste
Rest In Power: The Enduring Life Of Trayvon Martin
Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin
305.896 Ful
Change Of Seasons: A Memoir
John Oates, Chris Epting
B Oat
Richard Nixon: The Life
John A. Farrell
B Nix
Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon
Marc Eliot
B Hes
Single State Of Mind
Andi Dorfman
ordered 122117
Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, And Poor Shot Selection
George Matthew Karl, Curt Sampson
796.323 Kar
Spider From Mars: My Life With Bowie
Mick Woodmansey, Joel McIver
781.66 Woo
Gold Experience: Following Prince In The '90s
Jim Walsh
781.66 Wal
The 1997 Masters: My Story
Tiger Woods, Lorne Rubenstein
796.3526 Woo
Grace Notes: My Recollections
Katey Sagal
B Sag
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell, James Franco
ordered 010418
I'll Be Damned: How My Young And Restless Life Led Me To America's #1 Daytime Drama
Eric Braeden, Lindsay Harrison
B Bra
The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led A Generation Of Women To Live Alone And Like It
Joanna Scutts
305.42 Scu
Judy And I: My Life With Judy Garland
Sid Luft, Randy Schmidt
920 Luf
The Magnolia Story [Audiobook]
Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Mark Dagostino
920 Gai
Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago
Anna Pasternak
891.7342 Pas
The Meaning Of Michelle: 16 Writers On The Iconic First Lady And How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
Veronica Chambers
973.932 Mea
Laverne Cox
Erin Staley
YA 306.768 Sta
The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness
Paula Poundstone
B Pou
Letterman: The Last Giant Of Late Night
Jason Zinoman
B Let
Vacationland: True Stories From Painful Beaches
John Hodgman
817 Hod
Marilyn In Manhattan: Her Year Of Joy
Elizabeth Winder
B Mon
We're Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, And True
Gabrielle Union
B Uni