Biographies

Anthology of amazing women : trailblazers who dared to be different book cover

Anthology of amazing women : trailblazers who dared to be different

Sandra (Vocalist) Lawrence

jBIOGRAPHY 920.72 Lawrence
Kids, Nonfiction, Biographies

From Aud the Deep-Minded to Malala Yousafzai, this beautifully illustrated collection introduces 50 diverse women who have pushed the boundaries of human excellence and endeavor to a new generation.

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A wonderfully diverse look at women who did amazing things during their lives. While some names will be very familiar to readers, there are plenty of unsung heroines to get excited about. Personal favorites for me included Nakano Takeko, a female samurai, and Aud the Deep-Minded, a Viking matriarch. -Morgan

Irving Berlin : the immigrant boy who made America sing book cover

Irving Berlin : the immigrant boy who made America sing

Nancy Churnin

jBIOGRAPHY Berlin, Irving
Kids, Nonfiction, Biographies, Picture Books

Describes the life of the famous composer, who immigrated to the United States at age five and became inspired by the rhythms of jazz and blues in his new home.

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A wonderful look at the eventful life of one of the most successful American composers, whose songs are still familiar today. This Jewish immigrant from Russia grew up in the slums of New York, but eventually wrote songs heard and sung all around the world. An important reminder that many of America's best and brightest were once immigrants fleeing the violence of their home countries. -Morgan

Quiet girl in a noisy world : an introvert's story book cover

Quiet girl in a noisy world : an introvert's story

Debbie Tung

BIOGRAPHY Tung, Debbie
Biographies

This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert's world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one's leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie's life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she's an introvert.The first half of the book traces Debbie's final year in college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and simply trying to fit in. The second half looks at her life after graduation: finding a job, learning to live with her new husband, trying to understand social obligations when it comes to the in-laws, and navigating office life. Ultimately, Quiet Girl sends a positive, pro-introvert message: our heroine learns to embrace her introversion and finds ways to thrive in the world while fulfilling her need for quiet.

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Reading this was like peeking inside my quiet teenager's mind. -Meredith

What I talk about when I talk about running : a memoir book cover

What I talk about when I talk about running : a memoir

Haruki Murakami

796.4252 /Murakami
Biographies, Sports

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and-- even more important-- on his writing.--From publisher description.

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A paean to running and its relation to, and effects on, health, life, and creativity. -Candice

What i talk about when i talk book cover

What i talk about when i talk


Health, Biographies, Sports

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A paean to running and its relation to, and effects on, health, life, and creativity. -Candice

Educated : a memoir book cover

Educated : a memoir

Tara Westover

BIOGRAPHY Westover, Tara
Biographies

"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

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The #1 most popular book of the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program -Beth

Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer book cover

Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer

Margalit Fox

364.1523 /Fox
True Crime, Biographies

"In 1908 an elderly woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow apartment. The police found a convenient but innocent suspect in Oscar Slater--a Jewish cardsharp--who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, already the world-famous creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Over the years he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and police diaries, meticulously noting myriad holes and inconsistencies. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater's freedom. Conan Doyle for the Defense immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection, telling the story of how Conan Doyle managed to get this murder conviction overturned by employing the methods of his most famous creation. Along the way, Fox illuminates a watershed moment in the history of criminal justice when reflexive prejudice began gradually to be replaced by reason and the scientific method"--

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle solves a real murder case, although the ending isn't exactly happy or tidy like fiction is. This nonfiction reads as fast as a Sherlock Holmes mystery. -Heidi L

The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation book cover

The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation

Kate Messner

jE Messner
Picture Books, Biographies, Nature, Science

Looks at the life of the coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs.

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Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe's new picture book biography about Ken Nedimyer is absolutely stunning. This is a perfect place to start learning about our rapidly changing oceans and the efforts being made to combat the bleaching of coral reefs. Parents and children will love this title, not only for it's beautiful artwork, but for the wealth of information and hope that it embodies. It's never too early or late to learn that individuals have the power to impact great change. -Casey

John book cover

John

Cynthia Lennon

BIOGRAPHY Lennon, John
Biographies

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Inspired by the recent Last Podcast on the Left episode about Mark David Chapman (murderer of John Lennon) I checked out this personal biography about John Lennon, written by his first wife, Cynthia (Powell) Lennon. The unique perspective of this book helps it to stand out from the litany of biographies about the idealistic Beatle. -Shawna

The Beatles : the biography book cover

The Beatles : the biography

Bob Spitz

781.66092 /Beatles
Biographies

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Listening to a recent episode of Last Podcast on the Left which covered the murderer of John Lennon made me think about my favorite Beatles biography. The length of Spitz's book can be daunting, but Beatles fans will quickly become engaged and read through this comprehensive biography. -Shawna