Biographies

Biography Book List

Being Lolita: A Memoir
Being Lolita: A Memoir
By Wood, Alisson
2020-08 - Flatiron Books
9781250217219 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A dark relationship evolves between a high schooler and her English teacher in this breathtakingly powerful memoir about a young woman who must learn to rewrite her own story.

"Have you ever read Lolita?"

So begins seventeen-year-old Alisson's metamorphosis from student to lover and then victim. A lonely and vulnerable high school senior, Alisson finds solace only in her …More
 

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics
Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics
By Scioli, Tom
2020-07 - Ten Speed Press
9781984856906 Check Our Catalog

 

Told in vivid graphic novel form by a groundbreaking Eisner-nominated comics creator, the long-overdue biography of the legend who co-created Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and many more superhero favorites.

"A fast-paced celebration of an underheralded legend within the comic-book industry."--Kirkus Reviews

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Mike Nichols: A Life
Mike Nichols: A Life
By Harris, Mark
2021-02 - Penguin Press
9780399562242 Check Our Catalog

 

An instant New York Times Bestseller

A magnificent biography of one of the most protean creative forces in American entertainment history, a life of dazzling highs and vertiginous plunges--some of the worst largely unknown until now--by the acclaimed author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back

Mike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind: while …More
 

Walking with Ghosts
Walking with Ghosts
By Byrne, Gabriel
2021-01 - Grove Press
9780802157126 Check Our Catalog

 

The highly anticipated memoir by acclaimed actor Byrne is a gorgeous, lyricalportrait of his childhood in Ireland and his journey to movie stardom. …More
 

Tom Stoppard: A Life
Tom Stoppard: A Life
By Lee, Hermione
2021-02 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780451493224 Check Our Catalog

 

One of our most brilliant biographers takes on one of our greatest living playwrights, drawing on a wealth of new materials and on many conversations with him.

One of our most brilliant biographers takes on one of our greatest living playwrights, drawing on a wealth of new materials and on many conversations with him

Tom Stoppard is a towering and beloved literary figure. Known for …More
 

True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee
By Riesman, Abraham
2021-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780593135716 Check Our Catalog

 

The definitive, revelatory biography of Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, a writer and entrepreneur who reshaped global pop culture--at a steep personal cost

"A biography that reads like a thriller or a whodunit . . . scrupulously honest, deeply damning, and sometimes even heartbreaking."--Neil Gaiman

Stan Lee--born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922--was one of the most beloved and …More
 

The Last Days of John Lennon
The Last Days of John Lennon
By Patterson, James
With Sherman, Casey
With Wedge, Dave
2020-12 - Little Brown and Company
9780316429061 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Discover one of the greatest true crime stories in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it.

With the Beatles, John Lennon surpasses his youthful dreams, achieving a level of superstardom that defies classification. "We were the best bloody band there was," he says. "There was nobody to touch us." Nobody except the original nowhere man, Mark David Chapman. Chapman once …More
 

 

Bravey: Essays on Chasing a Big Life
Bravey: Essays on Chasing a Big Life
By Pappas, Alexi
Foreword by Rudolph, Maya
2021-01 - Dial Press
9781984801128 Check Our Catalog

 

The Olympic runner, actress, filmmaker and writer Alexi Pappas shares what she's learned about confidence, self-reliance, mental health, embracing pain, and achieving your dreams.

"Heartbreaking and hilarious."--Mindy Kaling - "A beautiful read."--Ruth Reichl - "Essential guidance to anyone dreaming big dreams."--Shalane Flanagan - "I couldn't put it down."--Adam …More
 

The Last Queen: Elizabeth II's Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor
The Last Queen: Elizabeth II's Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor
By Irving, Clive
2021-01 - Pegasus Books
9781643136141 Check Our Catalog

 

A timely and revelatory new biography of Queen Elizabeth (and her family) exploring how the Windsors have evolved and thrived, as the modern world has changed around them.

Clive Irving's stunning new narrative biography The Last Queen probes the question of the British monarchy's longevity. In 2021, the Queen Elizabeth II finally appears to be at ease in the modern world, helped …More
 

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
By Isaacson, Walter
2021-03 - Simon & Schuster
9781982115852 Check Our Catalog

 

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The …More
 

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel
Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel
By Holmes, Rachel
2020-12 - Bloomsbury Publishing
9781408880418 Check Our Catalog

 

 

On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the definitive biography of suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst-political rebel, human rights champion, and radical feminist ahead of her time.

Sylvia Pankhurst fought militantly for a woman's right to vote, inspiring movements around the globe. But the vote was just the beginning. A talented artist, a free-spirit, a visionary, Sylvia was seen …More
 

Kamala's Way: An American Life
Kamala's Way: An American Life
By Morain, Dan
2021-01 - Simon & Schuster
9781982175764 Check Our Catalog

 

A revelatory biography of the first Black woman to stand for Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country's most effective power players.

There's very little that's conventional about Kamala Harris, and yet her personal story also represents the best of America. She grew up the eldest daughter of a single mother, a …More
 

Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight
Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight
By Sweig, Julia
2021-03 - Random House
9780812995909 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A magisterial portrait of Lady Bird Johnson, and a major reevaluation of the profound yet underappreciated impact the First Lady's political instincts had on LBJ's presidency.

" An] extensive, engaging new biography . . . in the Caro mold . . . To those who do not know Lady Bird's] story, Sweig's book will come as a revelation."--The New York …More
 

Ida B. the Queen
Ida B. the Queen
By Duster, Michelle
2021-01 - Atria/One Signal Publishers
9781982129811 Check Our Catalog

 

Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize.

Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a "dangerous negro agitator." In the annals of history, it makes her an icon.

Ida B. the Queen tells the …More
 

Unfinished: A Memoir
Unfinished: A Memoir
By Jonas, Priyanka Chopra
2021-02 - Ballantine Books
9781984819215 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In this thoughtful and revealing memoir, readers will accompany one of the world's most recognizable women on her journey of self-discovery.

"I have always felt that life is a solitary journey, that we are each on a train, riding through our hours, our days, our years. We get on alone, we leave alone, and the decisions we make as we travel on the …More
 

Between Two Kingdoms
Between Two Kingdoms
By Jaouad, Suleika
2021-02 - Random House
9780399588587 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman's journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into "normal" life--from the author of the Life, Interrupted column in The New York Times

"I was immersed for the whole ride and would follow Jaouad anywhere. . . . Her writing restores the moon, lights the way …More
 

The Beauty of Living Twice
The Beauty of Living Twice
By Stone, Sharon
2021-03 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780525656760 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Not your typical Hollywood autobiography. Brutally honest, restless and questing."

--O, The Oprah Magazine

Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose.

Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only …More
 

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir
Crying in H Mart: A Memoir
By Zauner, Michelle
2021-04 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780525657743 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - A Best Book of 2021: Entertainment Weekly - Good Morning America - Wall Street Journal - and more

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, …More
 

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
By Keefe, Patrick Radden
2021-04 - Doubleday Books
9780385545686 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin. From the prize-winning and bestselling author of Say Nothing, as featured in the HBO documentary Crime of the Century.

The Sackler name …More
 

Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life
Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life
By Margulies, Julianna
2021-05 - Ballantine Books
9780525480259 Check Our Catalog

 

Known for her outstanding performances on the groundbreaking television series The Good Wife and ER, Julianna Margulies deftly chronicles her life and her work in this deeply powerful memoir.

"At once a tender coming-of-age story and a deeply personal look at a young woman making sense of the world against a chaotic and peripatetic childhood."--Katie Couric

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Beautiful Things: A Memoir
Beautiful Things: A Memoir
By Biden, Hunter
2021-04 - Gallery Books
9781982151119 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love," Hunter Biden writes in this deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.

When he was two years old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister. In 2015, he suffered the devastating loss of his …More
 

Philip Roth: The Biography
Philip Roth: The Biography
By Bailey, Blake
2021-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393240726 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth's personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the postwar literary scene.

Bailey shows how Roth emerged from a …More
 

The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle
The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle
By Kenner, Rob
2021-03 - Atria Books
9781982140298 Check Our Catalog

 

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

This "beautiful tribute to a legendary artist" (Quincy Jones) is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy--before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up. …More
 

Broken Horses: A Memoir
Broken Horses: A Memoir
By Carlile, Brandi
2021-04 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780593237243 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, producer, and six-time Grammy winner opens up about faith, sexuality, parenthood, and a life shaped by music in "one of the great memoirs of our time" (Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed).

"The best-written, most engaging rock autobiography since her childhood hero, Elton John, published …More
 

Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice
Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice
By Salaam, Yusef
2021-05 - Grand Central Publishing
9781538705001 Check Our Catalog

 

This inspirational memoir serves as a call to action from prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, of the Exonerated Five, that will inspire us all to turn our stories into tools for change in the pursuit of racial justice.

They didn't know who they had.

So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story. No one's life is the sum of the worst things that happened to them, and during Yusef …More