Biography

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston.

Book Categories: Biography
Date Posted: December 18 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

 A previously unpublished work that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery in the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, who was abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. A Real-Deal Book Discussion selection for 2/14/19.

How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: November 19 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
A naturalist and adventurer discusses the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals who have profoundly affected her, exploring themes of learning to become empathetic, creating families, coping with loss and the otherness and sameness of people and animals.

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Book Categories: Biography
Date Posted: November 15 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

An intimate and uplifting memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: November 14 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
A Korean adoptee who grew up with a white family in Oregon discusses her journey to find her identity as an Asian American woman and a writer after becoming curious about her true origins.

 

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: October 16 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

In this loving memoir, the author examines the life of America’s rural poor through the microcosm of her extended family. Growing up working-class white on the Kansas plains, Smarsh enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but witnessed the hideous legacy of poverty in her relatives’ untreated illnesses, unsafe job conditions, abusive marriages and addictions to everything from cigarettes to opioids.

There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: October 15 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A memoir of a religious, gay black man, and founder of MBAs Across America, coming to terms with his own nuanced achievement of the American dream in the new millennium.

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Book Categories: Biography
Date Posted: October 1 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

The daughter of Steve Jobs offers a firsthand account of the difficult relationship she had with her father and the story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes.

Mother American Night by John Perry Barlow

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Bruce in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 22 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Traces the remarkable life story of the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital free speech advocate, describing his upbringing among elite Wyoming ranchers, his vigorous advocacy of Internet freedoms and his relationships with figures ranging from Jerry Garcia and Jackie Kennedy Onassis to Steve Jobs.

The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

Book Categories: Biography
Date Posted: September 17 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

The first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children's program host's personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work.

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 13 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter presents a deeply intimate memoir of life with her father that shares insights into his complex personality, sense of humor, artistic influence, and erratic creative process.

 

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