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Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
By Mattis, Jim
Author West, Bing
2019-09 - Random House
9780812996838 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.

"A four-star general's five-star memoir."--The Wall Street Journal

Call …More
 

The Yellow House
The Yellow House
By Broom, Sarah M.
2019-08 - Grove Press
9780802125088 Check Our Catalog

 

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction

A New York Times Bestseller

Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review

Named one of the "10 Best Books of 2019" by the New York Times Book Review, Seattle Times, Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Tribune, and Slate

Named a Best Book of …More
 

Life Isn't Everything: Friends and Family on Mike Nichols
Life Isn't Everything: Friends and Family on Mike Nichols
By Kashner, Sam
Author Kashner, Sam
2019-11 - Henry Holt & Company
9781250112873 Check Our Catalog

 

Over a career that spanned half a century, Nichols changed Hollywood, Broadway, and comedy forever. The authors offer an intimate look behind the scenes of Nichols' life, as told by the stars, moguls, playwrights, producers, comics, and crewmembers who stayed loyal to Nichols for years. …More
 

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
By Coe, Alexis
2020-02 - Viking
9780735224100 Check Our Catalog

 

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"In her form-shattering and myth-crushing book....Coe examines myths with mirth, and writes history with humor... You Never Forget Your First] is an accessible look at a president who always finishes in the first ranks of our leaders." --Boston Globe

Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first--and finds he is not quite …More
 

Mengele: Unmasking the "angel of Death"
Mengele: Unmasking the "angel of Death"
By Marwell, David G.
2020-01 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393609530 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Perhaps the most notorious war criminal of all time, Josef Mengele was the embodiment of bloodless efficiency and passionate devotion to a grotesque worldview. Aided by the role he has assumed in works of popular culture, Mengele has come to symbolize the Holocaust itself as well as the failure of justice that allowed countless Nazi murderers and their accomplices to escape justice. Whether as …More
 

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
By Neumann, Ariana
2020-02 - Scribner Book Company
9781982106379 Check Our Catalog

 

In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father's past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.

In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a …More
 

Warhol
Warhol
By Gopnik, Blake
2020-04 - Ecco Press
9780062298393 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The definitive biography of a fascinating and paradoxical figure, one of the most influential artists of his--or any--age

To this day, mention the name "Andy Warhol" to almost anyone and you'll hear about his famous images of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. But though Pop Art became synonymous with Warhol's name and dominated the public's image of him, his life and …More
 

About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known: Ruminations and Revelations from a Desperate Mother to Her Dirty Son
About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known: Ruminations and Revelations from a Desperate Mother to Her Dirty Son
By Rowe, Peggy
Foreword by Rowe, Mike
2020-04 - Forefront Books
9781948677448 Check Our Catalog

 

Peggy Rowe is at it again--this time giving a hilarious inside look at growing up Rowe, both before and after Mike's rise to fame.

Since the day they said, "I do," Peggy's previous "doting" lifestyle met with her husband John's minimalist ways and became the backdrop for years of adventure and a quirky sense of humor because of their differences. From thoughts of wearing …More
 

House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family
House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family
By Freeman, Hadley
2020-03 - Simon & Schuster
9781501199158 Check Our Catalog

 

A writer investigates her family's secret history, uncovering a story that spans a century, two World Wars, and three generations.

Hadley Freeman knew her grandmother Sara lived in France just as Hitler started to gain power, but rarely did anyone in her family talk about it. Long after her grandmother's death, she found a shoebox tucked in the closet containing photographs of her …More
 

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman
This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman
By Omar, Ilhan
2020-05 - Dey Street Books
9780062954213 Check Our Catalog

 

 

"This Is What America Looks Like is the origin story of a leader who, finding no set path that would take a person like her to the places she wanted to go, was forced, and free, to chart her own." -The New York Times Book Review

Ilhan has been an inspiring figure well before her time in Congress. This book will give you insight into the person and sister …More
 

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
By Neumann, Ariana
2020-02 - Scribner Book Company
9781982106379 Check Our Catalog

 

In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father's past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.

In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a …More
 

Officer Clemmons: More Than a Song
Officer Clemmons: More Than a Song
By Clemmons, Fran
2020-05 - Catapult
9781948226707 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The intimate debut memoir by the man known to the world as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's Officer Clemmons, who made history as the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children's television program.

When he created the role of Officer Clemmons on the award-winning television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fran ois Clemmons made history as …More
 

Hollywood Park: A Memoir
Hollywood Park: A Memoir
By Jollett, Mikel
2020-05 - Celadon Books
9781250621566 Check Our Catalog

 

 

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

"A Gen-X This Boy's Life...Music and his fierce brilliance boost Jollett; a visceral urge to leave his background behind propels him to excel... In the end, Jollett shakes off the past to become the captain of his own soul. Hollywood Park is a triumph.

--O, The Oprah Magazine …More
 

The House of Kennedy
The House of Kennedy
By Patterson, James
2020-04 - Little Brown and Company
9780316454483 Check Our Catalog

 

The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: "To whom much is given, much is expected" and "Win at all costs." And they do--but at a price.

Across decades and generations, the Kennedys have occupied a unique place in the American imagination: charmed, cursed, at once familiar and unknowable. The House of …More
 

Weird Al: Seriously
Weird Al: Seriously
By Hirsch, Lily E.
2020-03 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
9781538124994 Check Our Catalog

 

From his love of accordions and Hawaiian print shirts to his popular puns and trademark dance moves, "Weird Al" Yankovic has made a career out of making us laugh. Funny music is often dismissed as light and irrelevant, but Yankovic's fourteen successful studio albums prove there is more going on than comedic music's reputation suggests. In this book, for the first time, the parodies, original …More
 

I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying: Essays
I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying: Essays
By Ikpi, Nyono Mmabassey
2019-08 - Harper Perennial
9780062698346 Check Our Catalog

 

 

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life--as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist--through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our preconceptions of the mind and …More
 

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir
Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir
By Albright, Madeleine
2020-04 - Harper
9780062802255 Check Our Catalog

 

 

"Richly detailed. . . an intimate portrait of a diplomat." --New Yorker

In this revealing, funny, and inspiring memoir, seven-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright--among the world's most admired and tireless public servants--reflects on the challenge of continuing one's career far beyond the …More
 

Save Yourself: Essays
Save Yourself: Essays
By Esposito, Cameron
2020-03 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455591435 Check Our Catalog

 

This "hilarious and honest" bestselling memoir from a rising comedy star tackles issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, and the Catholic childhood that prepared her for a career as an outspoken lesbian comedian (Abby Wambach).

Cameron Esposito wanted to be a priest and ended up a stand-up comic. Now she would like to tell the whole queer as hell story. Her story. Not the …More
 

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown
Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown
By Glenconner, Anne
2020-03 - Hachette Books
9780306846366 Check Our Catalog

 

**New York Times Bestseller**USA Today Bestseller**The Sunday Times Bestseller**The Globe and Mail Bestseller**ABA Indie Bestseller**The Times (UK) Memoir of the Year**One of Newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020**

An extraordinary memoir of drama, tragedy, and royal secrets by Anne Glenconner--a close …More
 

Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage
Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage
By Amos, Tori
2020-05 - Atria Books
9781982104153 Check Our Catalog

 

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A timely and passionate call to action for engaging with our current political moment, from the Grammy-nominated and multiplatinum singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Tori Amos.

Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music …More
 

Pelosi
Pelosi
By Ball, Molly
2020-05 - Henry Holt & Company
9781250252869 Check Our Catalog

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An intimate, fresh perspective on the most powerful woman in American political history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, by award-winning political journalist Molly Ball

She's the iconic leader who puts Donald Trump in his place, the woman with the toughness to take on a lawless president and defend American democracy. Ever since the …More
 

More Myself: A Journey
More Myself: A Journey
By Keys, Alicia
2020-03 - Flatiron Books
9781250153296 Check Our Catalog

 

One of the most celebrated musicians of modern time shares her quest for truth--about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes her artistry, this work is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.tity. …More
 

I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir of Family
I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir of Family
By Foer, Esther Safran
2020-03 - Tim Duggan Books
9780525575986 Check Our Catalog

 

"A beautiful exploration of collective memory and Jewish history."--Nathan Englander

"Esther Safran Foer is a force of nature: a leader of the Jewish people, the matriarch of America's leading literary family, an eloquent defender of the proposition that memory matters. And now, a riveting memoirist."--Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic

Esther Safran …More
 

A Very Punchable Face
A Very Punchable Face
By Jost, Colin
2020-07 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781101906323 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating.

"I always wanted to punch his face before I read this book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls."--Larry David

If there's one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it's being able to take a …More
 

Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game
Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game
By Stone, Oliver
2020-07 - Houghton Mifflin
9780358346234 Check Our Catalog

 

An intimate memoir by the controversial and outspoken Oscar-winning director and screenwriter about his complicated New York childhood, volunteering for combat, and his struggles and triumphs making such films as Platoon, Midnight Express, and Scarface.

Before the international success of Platoon in 1986, Oliver Stone had been wounded as an infantryman in …More
 

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy
Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy
By Tye, Larry
2020-07 - Houghton Mifflin
9781328959720 Check Our Catalog

 

The definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history, based on first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings

In the long history of American demagogues, from Huey Long to Donald Trump, never has one man caused so much damage in such a …More
 

Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking
Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking
By Buford, Bill
2020-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307271013 Check Our Catalog

 

A hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author's adventures, in the world of French haute cuisine, for anyone whose ever found joy in cooking and eating food with their family--from the author of the best-selling, widely acclaimed Heat.

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Bill Buford turns his …More
 

Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw
Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw
By Leerhsen, Charles
2020-07 - Simon & Schuster
9781501117480 Check Our Catalog

 

Charles Leerhsen brings the notorious Butch Cassidy to vivid life in this surprising and entertaining biography that goes beyond the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to reveal a more fascinating and complicated man than legend provides.

For more than a century the life and death of Butch Cassidy have been the subject of legend, spawning a small industry of mythmakers and …More
 

Who Is Alex Trebek?: A Biography
Who Is Alex Trebek?: A Biography
By Rogak, Lisa
2020-07 - Thomas Dunne Books
9781250773661 Check Our Catalog

 

 

After a contestant wrote "We love you, Alex " as his Final Jeopardy answer, fans around the world quickly chimed in to proclaim their own love and support for beloved Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. In the wake of his devastating cancer diagnosis, the moment provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on what the show -- and the man - meant to them.

It was no surprise, since millions of …More
 

Fannie Lou Hamer: America's Freedom Fighting Woman
Fannie Lou Hamer: America's Freedom Fighting Woman
By Brooks, Maegan Parker
2020-03 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
9781538115947 Check Our Catalog

 

In 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer delivered a heart-wrenching testimony before the Democratic National Convention's (DNC) Credentials Committee. In this speech, Hamer represented both the concerns of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and the limits of American democracy when she proclaimed: "I question America. Is this the land of the free and the home of the brave where we have to sleep …More
 

Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir
Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir
By Solnit, Rebecca
2020-03 - Viking
9780593083338 Check Our Catalog

 

"At the same time that Solnit] describes her forays into her past, she invites us to connect pieces of her story to our own, as a measure of how far we've come and how far we have left to go." --Jenny Odell, The New York Times Book Review

An electric portrait of the artist as a young woman that asks how a writer finds her voice in a society that prefers women to be …More
 

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir
The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir
By Moore, Wayetu
2020-06 - Graywolf Press
9781644450314 Check Our Catalog

 

 

An engrossing memoir of escaping the First Liberian Civil War and building a life in the United States

When Way tu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a big birthday party at their home in Monrovia, Liberia, but all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, who is working and studying in faraway New York. Before she gets the reunion …More
 

The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life
The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life
By Trebek, Alex
2020-07 - Simon & Schuster
9781982157999 Check Our Catalog

 

A RECOMMENDED SUMMER READ BY THE NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, TIME, AND NEWSWEEK

Longtime Jeopardy host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career.

Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing …More
 

Return from Siberia
Return from Siberia
By Shallman, John
2020-08 - Skyhorse Publishing
9781510763371 Check Our Catalog

 

In the lead-up to the Bolshevik Revolution, one young revolutionary is condemned to exile in Siberia; a hundred years later, his ancestors discover his story and learn just how much history has repeated itself.

In the midst of running a long-shot political campaign, Democratic political consultant John Simon discovers a 100-year-old manuscript written by his grandfather Joseph--a …More
 

The Happily Ever After: A Memoir
The Happily Ever After: A Memoir
By Steinberg, Avi
2020-08 - Nan A. Talese
9780385540254 Check Our Catalog

 

A memoir about writing a novel about searching for love.

Is romance dead? Is that why there are so many vampires in today's romance novels? When Avi Steinberg's love life took a grim turn, he did what he always does: He consulted his old books, the usual cast of Great (Very Serious, Usually Male) Authors. And he immediately realized that these books were part of the problem. …More
 

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
By Trethewey, Natasha
2020-07 - Ecco Press
9780062248572 Check Our Catalog

 

 

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned …More
 

Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir
Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir
By Crawford, Lacy
2020-07 - Little Brown and Company
9780316491556 Check Our Catalog

 

A "powerful and scary and important and true" memoir (Sally Mann, Carnegie Medal-winning author of Hold Still) of a young woman's struggle to regain her sense of self after trauma, and the efforts by a powerful New England boarding school to silence her---at any cost.

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

When the elite St. Paul's …More
 

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

 

 

A dark romance 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
 

Grand: A Memoir
Grand: A Memoir
By Schaefer, Sara
2020-08 - Gallery Books
9781982102210 Check Our Catalog

 

For fans of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress and Let's Pretend This Never Happened, comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer Sara Schaefer's hilariously honest memoir follows Sara's trip through the Grand Canyon with her sister that causes her to reflect on her childhood and the scandal that changed her family forever.

When Sara Schaefer is in first grade, her father warns …More