Adult New Arrivals – Biography

March Arrivals

    Allende, Isabel
    The soul of a woman : on impatient love, long life, and good witches
    Summary:The author describes her lifelong commitment to feminism in a meditation on what it means to be a woman, discussing progress within the movement in her lifetime, what remains to be done, and how to move forward in the future.
    ISBN:0593355628, 9780593355626

    Brina, Elizabeth Miki
    Speak, Okinawa : a memoir
    Summary:"A searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman’s journey to understanding her complicated parents–her father a Vietnam veteran, her mother an Okinawan war bride–and her own, fraught cultural heritage. Elizabeth’s mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Yet, even though she felt almost no connection to her mother’s distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers. Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people. Clear-eyed and profoundly humane, Speak, Okinawa is a startling accomplishment–a heartfelt exploration of identity, inheritance, forgiveness, and what it means to be an American"–
    ISBN:0525657347, 9780525657347, 9780525657354

    Elder, Robert
    Calhoun : American heretic
    Summary:Describes the life of the American statesman and political theorist who served as Vice President under John Quincy Adams and argued in favor of slavery and laid the groundwork for the South to secede the Union.
    ISBN:0465096441, 9780465096442

    Isaacson, Walter
    The code breaker : Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race
    Summary:"The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how the pioneering scientist Jennifer Doudna, along with her colleagues and rivals, launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and enhance our children"–
    ISBN:1982115858, 9781982115852

    Douglass, Frederick
    Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave
    Summary:The powerful story of a slave who became one of the most effective African-American leaders
    ISBN:0143134418, 9780143134411

    Jaouad, Suleika.
    Between two kingdoms : a memoir of a life interrupted
    Summary:An Emmy Award-winning writer and activist describes the harrowing years she spent in early adulthood fighting leukemia and how she learned to live again while forging connections with other survivors of profound illness and suffering.
    ISBN:0399588582, 9780399588587

    Jenkins, Ian
    Three dads and a baby : adventures in modern parenting
    Summary:"Join Ian and his partners, Alan and Jeremy, as they embark on a sometimes hilarious, sometimes tearful quest to become parents. They run the gauntlet: IVF failures, the threat of Zika virus, the urgent hunt for a new doctor, pregnancy-threatening bleeds, costly legal battles, and a reluctant superior court judge. Ultimately the grace of women allows them to complete their family with one perfect girl, and become the first polyamorous family ever named as the legal parents of a child." —
    ISBN:1627783105, 9781627783101

    Johnson, Lois (Television writer and producer)
    The officer’s daughter : a memoir of family and forgiveness
    Summary:"The author reflects on a terrible tragedy that forever altered the fabric of her family in this remarkable memoir, a heart-wrenching story of love, violence, coming of age, secrets, justice, and forgiveness. When she was sixteen, Elle Johnson lived in Queen’s with her family; she dreamed of being best friends with her popular, cool cousin Karen from the Bronx. Coming from a family of black law enforcement officers, Elle felt that Karen would understand her in a way no one else could. Elle’s father was a highly protective, at times overbearing, parole officer; her uncle, Karen’s dad, was a homicide detective. On an ordinary night, the Johnson family’s lives were changed forever. Karen was shot and killed in a robbery gone wrong at the Burger King where she worked. The NYPD and FBI launched a cross-country manhunt to find the killers, and the subsequent trials and media circus marked the end of Elle’s childhood innocence. Thirty years later, Elle was living in Los Angeles and working as a television writer, including on many police procedural shows, when she received an unexpected request. One of Karen’s killers was eligible for parole, and her older brother asked Elle to write a letter to the parole board arguing against his release. Elle realized that before she could condemn a man she’d never met to remain in prison, she had to face the hard truths of her own past: of a family who didn’t speak of the murder and its devastating effect, of the secrets they buried, of a complicated father she never truly understood. The Officer’s Daughter is a piercing memoir that explores with unflinching honesty what parents can and cannot do to protect their children, the reverberations of violence on survivors lives, and the overwhelming power of forgiveness, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy." –from
    ISBN:0063011328, 9780063011328

    Sweig, Julia
    Lady Bird Johnson : hiding in plain sight
    Summary:"In the spring of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson had a decision to make. Just months after moving into the White House under the worst of circumstances–following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy–he had decide whether to run to win the presidency in his own right. He turned to his most reliable, trusted political strategist: his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. The memo she produced for him, long overlooked by biographers, is just one revealing example of how their marriage was truly a decades long political partnership and emblematic of her own political acumen. Perhaps the most underestimated First Lady of the twentieth century, Lady Bird Johnson was also one of the most accomplished. Managing the White House in years of national upheaval, through the civil rights movement, and the escalation of the Vietnam War, Lady Bird projected a sense of calm and, following the glamorous and modern Jackie Kennedy, an old-fashioned image of a First Lady. In truth, she was anything but. As the first First Lady to run the East Wing like a professional office–and one with a significant budget–she took on her own policy initiatives, including the most ambitious national environmental effort since Teddy Roosevelt. Occupying the White House during the beginning of the women’s liberation movement, she hosted professional women from all walks of life, encouraging women everywhere to pursue their own careers, even if her own style and official role was to lead by supporting others. Where no presidential biographer has understood the full impact of Lady Bird Johnson’s work in the White House, Julia Sweig draws on Lady Bird’s own voice in her White House diaries to place her at center stage and to reveal a woman ahead of her time–and an accomplished politician in her own right"–
    ISBN:0812995902, 9780812995909

    Kaiser, Menachem
    Plunder : a memoir of family property and Nazi treasure
    Summary:"From a gifted young writer, the story of his quest to reclaim his family’s apartment building in Poland-and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows"–
    ISBN:132850803X, 9781328508034

    Lamott, Anne
    Dusk, night, dawn : on revival and courage
    Summary:"In Anne Lamott’s new book, she confronts the harsh truth that many of us grapple with every day: How can we recapture the confidence we once had in the world and in the future as we stumble through the dark times that seem increasingly bleak? As bad news piles up every day — from climate crises to threats to democracy to daily assaults on civility — how can we mere mortals cope? Where, Lamott asks, "do we start to get our joy and hope and our faith in life itself back … with sore feet, hearing loss, stiff fingers, poor digestion, stunned minds, broken hearts?" We begin, Lamott explains, by accepting our flaws and embracing our humanity "in the here and now. … We look up and around for [the] brighter ribbons" of connection, loyalty, and support. Drawing from her own experiences and her own faith journey, Lamott offers insights into the intimate and human ways we can bring back hope by demonstrating we can travel through the darkest places toward a more hopeful light that is still burning. As she does in Help, Thanks, Wow and her other bestselling books, Lamott explores the thorny issues of life and faith by breaking them down into managable, human-sized questions for readers to ponder, and in the process she shows how each of us can amplify life’s small moments of joy by staying open to love and connection even in these dark times. As Lamott notes, "I got Medicare three days before I got hitched, which sounds like something an old person might do, which does not describe adorably ageless me." Marrying for the first time with a grown son and a grandson, Lamott explains that finding happiness with a partner isn’t a function of age or beauty but of outlook and perspective. Full of the honesty, humor and humanity that have made Lamott beloved by millions of readers, this book is classic Anne Lamott — thoughtful and comic, warm and wise — and further proof that Lamott truly speaks to the better angels in all of us"–
    ISBN:9780593189702, 9780593189696

    Phoenix, Jess
    Ms. Adventure : my wild explorations in science, lava, and life
    Summary:"Volcanologist and natural hazards expert Jess Phoenix has dedicated her life to scientific exploration. Her career path–hard earned in the still male-dominated world of science–has shoved her headlong into deep-sea submersibles, congressional races, glittering cocktail parties at Manhattan’s elite Explorers Club, and numerous pairs of Caterpillar work boots. Ms. Adventure is her riveting, rolling blend of personal memoir, daring adventure, scientific exploration, and girl power."–Back cover
    ISBN:1643260030, 9781643260037

    Springora, Vanessa
    Summary:"A French memoir in the age of #metoo. A literary sensation, Vanessa Springora’s Consent weaves her personal narrative of a relationship during her childhood with a famous, much older writer into a stunning and forceful indictment of the literary world that allowed sexual abuse of minors to occur unchecked"–
    ISBN:0063060388, 9780063060388, 0063047888, 9780063047884

    Turkle, Sherry
    The empathy diaries : a memoir
    Summary:"Growing up in post-war Brooklyn in a house filled with mysteries, Sherry Turkle searched for clues. She mastered the codes that governed her secretive mother’s world. She learned never to ask about her absent scientist father. And never to use his name, her name. Empathy was her strategy for survival. Turkle’s intellect and curiosity propelled her to the thresholds of defining cultural moments that became life-lessons: she practiced friendship at Harvard/Radcliffe at the cusp of co-education during the antiwar movement, mourned the loss of her mother in Paris as students returned from the 1968 barricades, and faced the extent of her ambition while fighting for her place in the academy as a woman at MIT. There, Turkle found turbulent love and chronicled the wonders of the new computer culture, even as she warned of its threat to our most essential human connections."–
    ISBN:0525560092, 9780525560098

    Sands, Philippe
    The Ratline : the exalted life and mysterious death of a Nazi fugitive
    Summary:"The life and mysterious death of Otto Wachter, former Governor of Nazi-occupied Poland, who died in the Vatican after World War II"–
    ISBN:0525520961, 9780525520962

    Warren, Natalie
    Hudson Bay bound : two women, one dog, two thousand miles to the Arctic
    Summary:"The remarkable eighty-five-day journey of the first two women to canoe the 2,000-mile route from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay"–
    ISBN:9781452961460, “1517907845 : HRD”, “9781517907846 : HRD”