March 2019: Memoirs & Biographies

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This month's Year in Reading category is memoirs and biographies. Learn about someone you didn't know existed, or remember your favorites. 


Candy Carson
Description: "Like most Americans, you might think of Ben Carson as a trailblazing brain surgeon and, in the last few years, as an outspoken commentator on national issues. But his wife of more than forty years knows him as so much more: a loving husband, a devoted father, a devout Christian, a committed philanthropist, and a fierce patriot. Now Candy Carson introduces us to the private side of a very public figure as she shares the inspiring story of their marriage and their family."--Jacket.
Call Number: 920 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Marc Morris
Description: Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled to the Holy Land on crusade; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers and constructing a magnificent chain of castles. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom. The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen children with his first wife, Eleanor of Castile. In this book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England's destiny--a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward's opponents (including Robert Bruce) to resist him. The result is a sweeping story and a vivid picture of medieval Britain at the moment when its future was decided.
Call Number: B Edw
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Judy McConnell
Description: "A young southern family moves from the hills of small-town West Virginia to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1939 and enters a new social stratum. After struggling to fit into a private girl's high school, the daughter attends a western college, where she suffers staggering defeat and enters a relationship that sets her on a singular path. Striving to carve out her identity within the rigid moral codes of the conventional Forties and Fifties, she defiantly pushes the front edge of the emerging hippy protest movements. The demands of academia, isolation, and personal relationships teach her that there's a price to pay for freedom." -- Amazon.com, 9/29/2014.
Call Number: B McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, Alice Walker
Description: In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of all the men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau and spent more than three months there, talking in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. Barracoon illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it.
Call Number: 306.362 Hur
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Steve Martin
Description: Martin reflects on his over 30 years in the comedy business, from writing to performing and everywhere in between. He offers listeners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look into the mind of an artist at the top of his game.
Call Number: B Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Robert F. Jefferson
Description: "This book provides the reader with a vivid portrait of African American soldiers who carried the flag of freedom and equality and how they reshaped the very definition of courage under fire during some of the most harrowing moments in the United States military past"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 355.134 Jef
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Jon M Fishman
Description: Profiles the life and career accomplishments of the Washington Nationals outfielder, the youngest position player in history to start in the All-Star game.
Call Number: JB Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Hannah Hart
Description: As a professional Internet personality, Hannah Hart spends a lot of time walking the line between public and private. Here, she shares stories from her life that have taken her time to process, in the hope that it will help readers do some internal processing of their own.-- Adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: B Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Jean Findlay
Description: The first-ever biography of Proust translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, penned by his great-great-niece. Since 1922, English-language readers have been able to take read Proust thanks to translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff, who wrestled with Proust's seven-volume masterpiece--published as Remembrance of Things Past--until his death in 1930. While Scott Moncrieff's work has shaped our understanding of this fine novel of the twentieth century, he has remained hidden behind the genius of the man whose reputation he helped build. Now, in this biography, Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, reveals a fascinating, tangled life. Catholic and homosexual; a partygoer who was lonely deep down; secretly a spy in Mussolini's Italy and publicly a debonair man of letters; a war hero described as 'offensively brave,' whose letters from the front are remarkably cheerful--Scott Moncrieff was a man of his moment, thriving on paradoxes and extremes.--Excerpted from statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Sco
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Alysia Abbott
Description: A memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and '80s San Francisco with an openly gay father.--Excerpted from Amazon.
Call Number: B Abb
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Christy Jordan-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Description: This book chronicles the unbreakable spirit of an Inuit girl bullied by a teacher while attending an Arctic residential school.
Call Number: J ordered 012419
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Hannah Howard
Description: Hannah Howard is a university freshman when she lands a hostess job at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan. Eighteen years old and eager to learn, she's invigorated by the manic energy and focus of the crew. By day Hannah explores the Columbia arts scene, struggling to find her place. By night she's intoxicated by the foods and intrigued by the food industry's insiders. She's hungry for knowledge, success, and love, but she's also ravenous because Hannah is hiding an eating disorder. The late nights, demanding chefs, bad boyfriends, and destructive obsessions have left a void inside her that she can't fill. To reconcile her relationships with the food she worships and a body she struggles to accept, Hannah's going to have to learn to nourish her soul.--From book jacket flap.
Call Number: 616.8526 How
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Aram Haykaz, Iris Haigaz Chekenian
Description: A coming-of-age story and survival story of an Armenian teenager forced to live in a tribal culture among Kurdish peasants and Turkish beys. He rose from "infidel" servant to trusted secretary and escaped captivity, the only person in his adoptive tribe who could read and write.
Call Number: 956.62 Hay
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Angus Calder
Call Number: 920 Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Michael A. Messner
Description: Sociologist Mike Messner writes that war veterans are rendered simultaneously invisible (due in part to the lack of a draft, which makes the dangers of war ever more distant from the privileged classes), and hyper-visible (mostly through a highly choreographed "honor the troops" public mantra promoted by commercial interests and politicians). The actual experiences of war veterans are rarely visible to the general public. Least audible still have been the voices of combat veterans who become advocates for peace. Guys Like Me illuminates the intergenerational stories and voices of five men--veterans of five wars--who became lifelong advocates of peace.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 303.66 Mes
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Nadia L. Hohn, Gustavo Mazali
Description: A biography of the Underground Railroad conductor depicts her early life as a slave, her dedication to helping others escape from slavery, and her life after the Civil War.
Call Number: Ei Hoh
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Angalia Bianca, Linda Beckstrom
Call Number: 364.1066 Bia
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Michael J. Fox
Call Number: B Fox
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Alice Sebold
Call Number: 364.1532 Seb
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Lucy Worsley
Description: A passionate princess, an astute and clever queen, and a cunning widow, Victoria played many roles throughout her life-- and simultaneously managed to define a socially conservative vision of Victorian womanhood, while also defying its conventions. Worsley introduces her as a woman leading an extraordinary life in a unique time period. She recreates twenty-four of the most important days in Victoria's life. Each day gives a glimpse into the identity of this powerful, difficult queen and the contradictions that defined her. -- Adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Vic
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Dave Itzkoff
Description: From Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams--a portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his powerful Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative actor and comedian. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture, politics, and personal revelation-- all with tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another. But Itzkoff shows that Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. In his comedy and in celebrated films, he showcased his gift for improvisation, bringing his characters to life and using humor to seek deeper truths. Williams struggled with addiction and depression and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew.--From book jacket.
Call Number: LP B Wil
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Zoë Howe
Description: Lyrical visionary, style icon, and one fifth of megaband Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks is one of the most recognizable figures in rock 'n' roll history--very much Fleetwood Mac's "Queen Bee." With gold and quadruple platinum solo albums under her beaded belt, Stevie Nicks has enjoyed the ultimate in rock 'n' roll success as a recording artist--but this charmed life has come as a result of hard graft, self-belief, and a devotion to creativity above all; her's has been a journey of intense highs and lows. This new biography, a celebration of the Stevie Nicks phenomenon, takes us on her journey from Midwest childhood to her explosion onto the music scene as rock goddess, right up to present day. Including interviews with some of Stevie's associates and collaborators from over the years, author Zoë Howe explores the mystique while retaining the magic of this modern-day musical sorceress and wise woman of rock.
Call Number: B Nic
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Susan Orlean
Call Number: 920 Orl
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Penny Junor
Description: The esteemed royal biographer traces the unlikely and extraordinary story of the once-reviled wife of Britain's Prince Charles, detailing her roles in some of the darkest days of the modern monarchy and her role in helping restore its reputation.
Call Number: B Cam
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Colin Meloy, Nikki McClure
Description: Rhyming text explores the life and work of folk musician Pete Seeger, discussing how his messages of universal understanding and social and environmental justice inspired generations.
Call Number: J 782.42 Mel
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Lou Ureneck
Description: Relates the true story of Asa Jennings, a YMCA minister from upstate New York who arrived in Smyrna (now Izmir) in 1922 to teach sports to boys, but instead found himself working tirelessly to help rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians.
Call Number: 956.1 Ure
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Christine Lahti
Description: A collection of interrelated personal stories by the actress best known for her work on such productions as "Chicago Hope" and "The Blacklist" focuses on the milestones of her childhood, early career, and midlife while reflecting on the realities of being a woman in Hollywood.
Call Number: B Lah
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Mitch Albom
Description: The author visits with his former college professor, who gave him sound advice and guidance when he was younger. In the last months of his life, Morrie teaches Mitch lessons in how to live once again.
Call Number: 362.19 Alb
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Sarah Fabiny, Max Hergenrother
Description: Presents the life of the prominent feminist, highlighting her career and influence as a writer, political activist, and co-founder of "Ms." magazine.
Call Number: JB Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Dinah Brown, Andrew (Children's book illustrator) Thomson
Description: Malala Yousafzai was a girl who loved to learn but was told that girls would no longer be allowed to go to school. She wrote a blog that called attention to what was happening in her beautiful corner of Pakistan and realized that words can bring about change. She has continued to speak out for the right of all children to have an education. In 2014 she won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Call Number: JB You
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Katie Heaney
Description: Katie Heaney opens up about realizing at the age of twenty-eight that she is gay. In these poignant, funny essays, she wrestles with her shifting sexuality and identity, and describes what it was like coming out to everyone she knows (and everyone she doesn't). As she revisits her past, looking for any "clues" that might have predicted this outcome, Katie reveals that life doesn't always move directly from point A to point B--no matter how much we would like it to. Exploring love and sexuality with her neurotic wit and endearing intimacy, Katie Heaney shares the message that it's never too late to find love--or yourself.--From back cover.
Call Number: 306.766 Hea
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Jamia Wilson, Andrea Pippins
Description: This book brings together 52 iconic talents from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.
Call Number: J 920 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
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A Doctor In The House: My Life With Ben Carson
Candy Carson
920 Car
In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin, And Prison To Become A Chicago Violence Interrupter
Angalia Bianca, Linda Beckstrom
364.1066 Bia
A Great And Terrible King: Edward I And The Forging Of Britain
Marc Morris
B Edw
Lucky Man: A Memoir
Michael J. Fox
B Fox
A Penny A Kiss: Memoir Of A Minnesota Girl In The Forties And Fifties
Judy McConnell
B McC
Lucky [Audiobook]
Alice Sebold
364.1532 Seb
Barracoon: The Story Of The Last "Black Cargo"
Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, Alice Walker
306.362 Hur
Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life
Lucy Worsley
B Vic
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Steve Martin
B Mar
Robin [Large Print]
Dave Itzkoff
LP B Wil
Brothers In Valor: Battlefield Stories Of The 89 African Americans Awarded The Medal Of Honor
Robert F. Jefferson
355.134 Jef
Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours
Zoë Howe
B Nic
Bryce Harper
Jon M Fishman
JB Har
The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People
Susan Orlean
920 Orl
Buffering: Unshared Tales Of A Life Fully Loaded
Hannah Hart
B Har
The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles And The Love Affair That Rocked The Crown
Penny Junor
B Cam
Chasing Lost Time: The Life Of C.K. Scott Moncrieff : Soldier, Spy, And Translator
Jean Findlay
B Sco
The Golden Thread: A Song For Pete Seeger
Colin Meloy, Nikki McClure
J 782.42 Mel
Fairyland: A Memoir Of My Father
Alysia Abbott
B Abb
The Great Fire: One American's Mission To Rescue Victims Of The 20th Century's First Genocide
Lou Ureneck
956.1 Ure
Fatty Legs: A True Story
Christy Jordan-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
J ordered 012419
True Stories From An Unreliable Witness: A Feminist Coming Of Age
Christine Lahti
B Lah
Feast: True Love In And Out Of The Kitchen
Hannah Howard
616.8526 How
Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, And Life's Greatest Lesson [Audiobook]
Mitch Albom
362.19 Alb
Four Years In The Mountains Of Kurdistan, 1915-1919: An Armenian Boy's Memoir Of Survival
Aram Haykaz, Iris Haigaz Chekenian
956.62 Hay
Who Is Gloria Steinem?
Sarah Fabiny, Max Hergenrother
JB Ste
Gods, Mongrels, And Demons: 101 Brief But Essential Lives
Angus Calder
920 Cal
Who Is Malala Yousafzai?
Dinah Brown, Andrew (Children's book illustrator) Thomson
JB You
Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans For Peace
Michael A. Messner
303.66 Mes
Would You Rather?: A Memoir Of Growing Up And Coming Out
Katie Heaney
306.766 Hea
Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter
Nadia L. Hohn, Gustavo Mazali
Ei Hoh
Young, Gifted And Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past And Present
Jamia Wilson, Andrea Pippins
J 920 Wil