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.


Jeffrey Toobin, Paul Michael (Actor)
Description: On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The sensational story took the first of many twists when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre "Tania." The turns of the tale are astonishing--the bank security cameras capturing "Tania" wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from basketball star Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television across the country; Patty's year on the lam; and her circus-like trial, after which the term "Stockholm syndrome" entered the lexicon. The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Toobin recounts the craziness of the times, portraying the lunacy of the half-baked radicals and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst. He examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors' crusade. Or did she?
Call Number: 322.42 Too
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Taraji P. Henson, Denene Millner
Description: Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. Here she also opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. With humor and candor, Henson shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.
Call Number: B Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Misty Copeland, Charisse Jones
Call Number: 613.71 Cop
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Trevor Noah
Description: Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.
Call Number: B Noa
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
John Oates, Chris Epting
Call Number: B Oat
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Marc Eliot
Description: Charlton Heston starred in American movies for more than six decades, His roles ranged from the Biblical leader Moses in The Ten Commandments to the title role in Ben-Hur, to the heroic astronaut in Planet of the Apes, in addition to other screen, theater, and television roles. He was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and the head of the National Rifle Association. Eliot's biography unravels the life story of this iconic actor, bringing to light Heston's greatest achievements as well as his greatest failures and regrets. He tells how a boy from the backwoods of Michigan went on to become Hollywood's go-to action and historical actor and left a legacy that helped define American movie heroes of the twentieth century.
Call Number: B Hes Heston, Charlton
Format: Book
Date Added: May 3, 2017
Simone Biles, Michelle Burford, Mary Lou Retton
Description: Simone Biles takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Through years of hard work and determination, Biles has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA B Bil
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Nick Offerman
Description: Captained by woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, Offerman Woodshop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff--kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, even cedar-strip canoes. Now Nick and his crew share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects, and leaving them with the infectious spirit behind the shop. The variety of projects fit every skill level, with personal, easy-to-follow instructions, and color photos.
Call Number: 684.08 Off
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Lilly Singh
Description: "From the 2017 People's Choice Award winner for Favorite YouTube Star comes the definitive guide to being a bawse: a person who exudes confidence, hustles relentlessly, and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought through it all and made it out the other side. Lilly Singh isn't just a superstar. She's Superwoman--which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It's no wonder she's garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn't get to the top by being lucky--she had to work for it. Hard. Now Lilly wants to share the lessons she learned while taking the world by storm, and the tools she used to do it. How to Be a Bawse is the definitive guide to conquering life. Make no mistake, there are no shortcuts to success, personal or professional. World domination requires real effort, dedication, and determination.Just consider Lilly a personal trainer for your life--with fifty rules to get you in the game, including Let Go of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): Temptation will try to steer you away from your goals. FOMO is just a test of your priorities, a test that a bawse is ready to pass. Be Nice to People: Treat niceness like an item on your daily to-do list. People will go out of their way to help and support you because you make them feel good. Schedule Inspiration: Lack of motivation isn't permanent or a sign of weakness. Expect it and proactively schedule time to be creative. Be the Dumbest: Challenge yourself by surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. It's a vital way to learn and improve. Told in Lilly's hilarious, bold voice and packed with photos and candid stories from her journey to the top, How to Be a Bawse will make you love your life and yourself--even more than you love Beyonce. (Yes, we said it!) WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, or cute quotes. That's because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life need to be worked for, not wished for. In Lilly's world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb. Advance praise for How to Be a Bawse "Lilly is a bona fide #girlboss, boss, and bawse. Her meteoric rise has come with so many incredible lessons that we are all lucky to have access to. This book is a must-have for the hustler in all of us."--Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO, Girlboss"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 158.1 Sin
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Keke Palmer
Description: An inspiring guide that encourages young women to live a life full of ownership, confidence, and freedom from singer and actress Keke Palmer. As a singer, actress, and talk show host, Keke has always used her social media following as a platform for real talk about the issues that matter to her generation, but now she is speaking out candidly about the secrets, struggles, and practices that have guided her to succeed. On the surface, it may appear that Keke has it made, but under the success, she has grappled with the same issues all young women wrestle with--identity, pressure, self-worth, love, sexuality, heartbreak, and family. With this in mind, she created this inspirational guide that encourages young women to change their mindset and live with more freedom, confidence, and love as they navigate the rough terrain of the twenty-first century. Full of revealing stories from Keke's personal and professional life, this book tackles twelve topics--sexuality, race, anxiety, success, bullying, and body image to name a few--with refreshing honesty. Each chapter has a personal interview with someone that has inspired and motivated her; quotes, texts, song lyrics, and memes that have inspired her; and practices that can help you stay on a path of always growing, never grown. Keke speaks about the challenges and triumphs she has experienced on her journey to finding her own voice and creating her life. I Don't Belong To You is the motivation you need to move past pain and fear to lead a life full of creativity, spirituality, passion, and unlimited success.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.242 Pal
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Kathy Griffin
Description: An A-Z compendium of the celebrities comedian and TV personality Kathy Griffin has met over the years and the anecdotes only she can tell about them.
Call Number: 792.76 Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Jay Chandrasekhar
Call Number: B Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Alec Baldwin
Call Number: B Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Phil Collins
Description: With 280 million lifetime record sales between his time with Genesis and his earthshaking solo career, Phil Collins has lived a life that few people can imagine. In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Collins reveals the heart and soul of what drives him as a performer and a dynamically creative individual. He takes us from his ill-fated near-big break as a session percussionist on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass through the rise of Genesis and his emergence as the band's leader to the height of his fame as a solo artist. While Collins rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest pop stars of the era, his stories are given depth and color by his remarkable capacity for self-reflection. Whether he's walking us through the making of his greatest music or mining the dark days of his wholly enveloping alcohol and drug addictions, he's candid, expansive, and always entertaining. This book will capture the eye-popping exterior facets of Collins' career, but more vitally, will delve deeply into the workings of a complex, tireless man to explore the verve that propelled him from the early days into a canon of pop iconography few other musicians can claim to share. Told with ebullience and more than a dose of humor, Collins' refreshingly forthright voice will equally charm and enlighten pop culture audiences and die-hard music fans alike.
Call Number: B Col
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
William Shatner
Call Number: LP ordered 030117
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Khloe Kardashian
Description: Khloé Kardashian shares her secrets for finding strength of body, mind, and heart with stories of her own struggles with weight, relationships, and her self-image. In a culture that worships skinny, Kardashian writes with passion about the power of strength: a strong body lays the foundation for a strong mind, which leads to strength of heart, character, and ultimately spirit. Filled with practical advice, recipes, and personal anecdotes, Strong Looks Better Naked is a meditation on how to create strength, confidence, and true beauty in every facet of your life.
Call Number: 158.1 Kar
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
DJ Khaled, Mary H. K. Choi
Description: The hip-hop impresario and social-media guru presents a collection of motivational success strategies based on his "keys" video posts and drawing from his personal experiences, sharing the philosophies behind some of his most enigmatic catchphrases.
Call Number: 781.649 DJ K
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Maddie Ziegler
Description: Teen dance prodigy, Dance Moms star, and judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation presents her coming-of-age memoir about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life.
Call Number: YA B Zie Ziegler, Maddie
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 25, 2017
David Cay Johnston, Joe Barrett
Description: The culmination of nearly thirty years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to power and prominence. Covering the long arc of Trump's career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, New York, would become an entirely new and complex breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy. From the origins of his family's real estate fortune to his own too-big-to-fail business empire; from his education and early career to his whirlwind presidential bid, The Making of Donald Trump provides the fullest picture yet of Trump's extraordinary ascendency. Love him or hate him, Trump's massive influence is undeniable, and figures as diverse as Woody Guthrie (who wrote a scathing song about Trump's father) and Red Scare prosecutor Roy Cohn, mob bosses and high rollers, as well as the average American voter, have all been pulled into his orbit. Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who would be president.
Call Number: B Tru
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Mayte Garcia
Call Number: 920 Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Joan Juliet Buck
Description: "From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, chronicling her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself. Born into a world of make-believe as the daughter of a larger-than-life film producer, Joan Juliet Buck's childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces, ever-changing home addresses, and a fascination with the shiny surfaces of things. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue's coveted position of Editor in Chief, a "figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty," she had the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life he'd enjoyed during his high-flying years, a splendid illusion of glamorous excess that could not be sustained indefinitely. Joan's memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s. But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey in beautiful and at times heartbreaking prose, taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding it's not what you'd imagined. While Joan's story is unique, her journey toward self-discovery is refreshing and universal"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Buc
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
Description: When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she had kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved-- plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1976, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The princess diarist is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time-- and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty.
Call Number: B Fis
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Caitlyn Jenner
Call Number: B Jen
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Rory Lee Feek
Description: "Joey and Rory Feek were enjoying a steadily growing fan base in country music when Joey was diagnosed with a rapidly spreading cancer. By inviting so many into the final months of Joey's life as she battled cancer, they captured hearts around the world.In this vulnerable book, Rory takes us into his own challenging life story"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP 920 Fee
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel
Description: Inspires women to use practical, psychological, and spiritual tools to create a more fulfilling way of life and to attain happiness and freedom from the have-it-all superwoman culture. We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere is a practical manual for change, providing nine universal principles that offer a path for dealing with life's inevitable emotional and spiritual challenges. It's for anyone who wants to see her own life and the world around her change for the better. Putting these principles at the center of our lives offers an antidote to our me-first culture and allows each of us to be freer and happier, and to replace unhelpful habits with a more positive, peaceful, and rewarding way of living.--From publisher's description.
Call Number: 305.42 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 28, 2017
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American Heiress : The Wild Saga Of The Kidnapping, Crimes And Trial Of Patty Hearst [Audiobook]
Jeffrey Toobin, Paul Michael (Actor)
322.42 Too
Not Dead Yet : The Memoir [Audiobook]
Phil Collins
B Col
Around The Way Girl : A Memoir
Taraji P. Henson, Denene Millner
B Hen
Spirit Of The Horse : A Celebration In Fact And Fable [Large Print]
William Shatner
LP ordered 030117
Ballerina Body : Dancing And Eating Your Way To A Leaner, Stronger, And More Graceful You
Misty Copeland, Charisse Jones
613.71 Cop
Strong Looks Better Naked
Khloe Kardashian
158.1 Kar
Born A Crime : Stories From A South African Childhood
Trevor Noah
B Noa
The Keys
DJ Khaled, Mary H. K. Choi
781.649 DJ K
Change Of Seasons : A Memoir
John Oates, Chris Epting
B Oat
The Maddie Diaries
Maddie Ziegler
YA B Zie Ziegler, Maddie
Charlton Heston : Hollywood's Last Icon
Marc Eliot
B Hes Heston, Charlton
The Making Of Donald Trump [Audiobook]
David Cay Johnston, Joe Barrett
B Tru
Courage To Soar : A Body In Motion, A Life In Balance
Simone Biles, Michelle Burford, Mary Lou Retton
YA B Bil
The Most Beautiful : My Life With Prince
Mayte Garcia
920 Gar
Good Clean Fun : Misadventures In Sawdust At Offerman Woodshop
Nick Offerman
684.08 Off
The Price Of Illusion : A Memoir
Joan Juliet Buck
B Buc
How To Be A Bawse : A Guide To Conquering Life
Lilly Singh
158.1 Sin
The Princess Diarist [Audiobook]
Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
B Fis
I Don't Belong To You : Quiet The Noise And Find Your Voice
Keke Palmer
305.242 Pal
The Secrets Of My Life : A History
Caitlyn Jenner
B Jen
Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins : My A-Z Index
Kathy Griffin
792.76 Gri
This Life I Live [Large Print]
Rory Lee Feek
LP 920 Fee
Mustache Shenanigans : Making Super Troopers And Other Adventures In Comedy
Jay Chandrasekhar
B Cha
We: A Manifesto For Women Everywhere
Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel
305.42 And
Nevertheless : A Memoir
Alec Baldwin
B Bal