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||Tolstoy: A Russian Life |
By Bartlett, Rosamund
2011-11 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780151014385 Check Our Catalog
Born into an aristocratic family, Tolstoy had spent his life rebelling not only against conventional ideas about literature and art but also against traditional education, family life, organized religion, and the state. In this exceptional biography, Bartlett delivers an eloquent portrait of the brilliant, maddening, and contrary man who has been discovered by a new generation of readers.
||The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson |
By Caro, Robert A.
2012-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780679405078 Check Our Catalog
The fourth volume in Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson follows Johnson through his volatile relationship with John and Robert Kennedy in the fight for the 1960 Democratic nomination for president and through Johnson's unhappy vice presidency.
||Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller |
By Daugherty, Tracy
2011-08 - St. Martin's Press
9780312596859 Check Our Catalog
Daugherty illuminates his most vital subject yet in this first biography of Joseph Heller. His life was filled with romantic indiscretions, but he was perhaps more famous for his friendships--he counted Mel Brooks, Zero Mostel, Carl Reiner, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, Mario Puzo, Dustin Hoffman, Woody Allen, and many others among his confidantes.
||George F. Kennan: An American Life |
By Gaddis, John Lewis
2011-11 - Penguin Press
9781594203121 Check Our Catalog
The full scope of George Kennan's long life and vast influence is revealed by one of today's most important Cold War scholars. Yale historian Gaddis began this magisterial history almost 30 years ago; the result is a remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself.
||Steve Jobs |
By Isaacson, Walter
2011-10 - Simon & Schuster
9781451648539 Check Our Catalog
From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In "Steve Jobs: A Biography," Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, "Steve Jobs" is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
||Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention |
By Marable, Manning
2011-04 - Viking Books
9780670022205 Check Our Catalog
Of the great figures in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Marable's new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Years in the making, this is the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.
||Barack Obama: The Story |
By Maraniss, David
2012-06 - Simon & Schuster
9781439160404 Check Our Catalog
From the renowned historian Maraniss, a stunning new multigenerational biography of Barack Obama based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents.
||Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman |
By Massie, Robert K.
2012-08 - Thorndike Press
9781410450210 Check Our Catalog
Massie returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography--the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at 14 and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. History offers few stories richer in drama than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, this eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.
||Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace |
By Max, D. T.
2012-08 - Viking Books
9780670025923 Check Our Catalog
Wallace was on of the most innovative and influential authors of the last 25 years. In this first in-depth biography, Max captures Wallace's compelling, turbulent life and times--his genius, his struggle to stay sane and happy in a difficult world, his anxiety, and loneliness.
||Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich |
By Metaxas, Eric
2010-04 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595551382 Check Our Catalog
From the New York Times bestselling author of "Amazing Grace," comes a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler. A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the 20th century. "Bonhoeffer" presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.
||Mick Jagger |
By Norman, Philip
2012-10 - Ecco Press
9780061944857 Check Our Catalog
The New York Times-bestselling author of "John Lennon: The Life" returns with an extraordinarily detailed, vibrantly written, in-depth account of the life of Mick Jagger--the most deeply researched and comprehensive biography to date of the famously enigmatic icon.
||The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo |
By Reiss, Tom
2012-09 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780307382467 Check Our Catalog
Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in present-day Haiti, Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy.
||Joseph Anton |
By Rushdie, Salman
2012-09 - Random House
9780812992786 Check Our Catalog
In 1989, Rushdie received a telephone call from a journalist who told the author that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team.
||I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen |
By Simmons, Sylvie
2012-09 - Ecco Press
9780061994982 Check Our Catalog
Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential musical artists of the past 50 years. Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock 'n' roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Cohen.
||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks |
By Skloot, Rebecca
2010-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781400052172 Check Our Catalog
Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks--a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s--with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans.
||Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child |
By Spitz, Bob
2012-08 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307272225 Check Our Catalog
Julia Child, the warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery, became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off a food revolution. In Spitz's definitive biography, Julia comes vividly--and surprisingly--to life.
||The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship |
By Zaslow, Jeffrey
2010-04 - Gotham Books
9781594133565 Check Our Catalog
From the co-author of the bestselling "The Last Lecture" comes a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring story of 11 girls and the women they became.
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