Biographies

Biography Book List

 

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

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 ReviewSeattle Times, Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Tribune, and Slate

Named a Best Book of …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

 

NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS FINALIST - "Part personal quest, part testament, and all thoughtfully, compassionately written."--The Washington Post

"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 …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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Cosmopolitan Vulture Parade

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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 PlatoonMidnight 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

 

"You can almost taste the food in Bill Buford's Dirt, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir about his life as a cook in France." --The Wall Street Journal

What does it take to master French cooking? This is the question that drives Bill Buford to abandon his perfectly happy life in New York City and pack up and (with a wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow) move to …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

 

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 silent

In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from …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 TIMESUSA TODAYTIME, 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

 

**Wall Street JournalPublishers Weekly, and USA Today Bestseller **

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 …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 New York Times Notable Book

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf AwarenessEsquire…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 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 (Sally Mann, author of Hold Still).

When Notes on a Silencing hit bookstores in the summer of 2020, even amidst a global pandemic, it sent shockwaves through the …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
 

His Truth Is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
His Truth Is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
By Meacham, Jon
Afterword by Lewis, John
2020-08 - Random House
9781984855022 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND …More
 

Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss
Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss
By Hager, Jenna Bush
2020-09 - William Morrow & Company
9780062960627 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life.

To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America's powerful president and influ-ential first lady. To …More
 

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family
Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family
By Scobie, Omid
Author Durand, Carolyn
2020-08 - Dey Street Books
9780063046108 Check Our Catalog

 

 

INSTANT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

The first, epic and true story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's life together, finally revealing why they chose to pursue a more independent path and the reasons behind their unprecedented decision to …More
 

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
By Taussig, Rebekah
2020-08 - HarperOne
9780062936790 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.

Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous …More
 

The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III
The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III
By Baker, Peter
Author Glasser, Susan
2020-09 - Doubleday Books
9780385540551 Check Our Catalog

 

Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Fortune and Bloomberg

From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III: the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world.

For a quarter-century, from the end of …More
 

The Meaning of Mariah Carey
The Meaning of Mariah Carey
By Carey, Mariah
2020-09 - Andy Cohen Books
9781250164681 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

The global icon, award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, mother, daughter, sister, storyteller, and artist finally tells the unfiltered story of her life in The Meaning of Mariah Carey

It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups …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

 

The greatest true-crime story 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 worshipped his …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

 

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 inviting, challenging, well-told tale of the thoroughly modern partner and strategist Lady Bird Johnson, whose skill and complexity emerge fully in this rich tale of history and humanity."--John Dickerson, …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 and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.

"A work of breathtaking creativity."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love

"Elegant and heartbreaking."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of …More