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Staff Picks- American Biographies

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American Biographies 

John Adams 973.44 A214
by McCullough, David 
The life of John Adams during the American Revolution and then as the second president of the United States of America.

Louisa May Alcott 813.4 A355
by Cheever, Susan 
A comprehensive and definitive biography that sheds new light on of life of Louisa May Alcott, whose work has inspired generations of women.

Hollywood's Eve : Eve Babitz and the secret history of L.A 813.54
by Anolik, Lili
An account of the birth, adolescence, and adulthood of 20th-century Hollywood through the vivid and unashamed life of Los Angeles-born glamour girl, bohemian, artist, muse, sensualist, wit and pioneering writer Eve Babitz.

Cesar Chavez : a triumph of spirit 331.8813 C512
by Griswold del Castillo, Richard 
This biography of Chavez by Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard A. Garcia is the first to approach Chavez's life - his courageous acts, his turning points, his many perceived personas - in the context of Chicano and American history.

American Bloomsbury : Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau : their lives, their loves, their work 810.99744
by Cheever, Susan 
A portrait of five Concord, Massachusetts, writers whose works were at the center of mid-nineteenth-century American thought and literature.

Frederick Douglass : prophet of freedom 973.8092
by Blight, David W. 
The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

Down the highway : the life of Bob Dylan 782.42164 D996
by Sounes, Howard 
The most complete and up-to-date account of Bob Dylan's life uses exclusive interviews and previously hidden documents to fully chronicle the singer/songwriter's life and career.

American like me : reflections on life between cultures 306.0973
by Ferrera, America 
From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

In Pieces : a memoir 791.4302
by Field, Sally
The actress shares insights into her difficult childhood, the artistic pursuits that helped her find her voice, and the powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and mother.

The Princess Diarist 818.54 FISHER
by Fisher, Carrie 
The Hollywood icon best known for her role in "Star Wars" shares interconnected essays exploring her life as the child of Hollywood royalty, adventures on the sets of "Star Wars," and struggles with bipolar disorder.

Born to be posthumous : the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey
by Dery, Mark 700.92
From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.

Grantby Chernow, Ron 973.82
A sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Hamilton : the revolution : being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America 792.642
by Miranda, Lin-Manuel
Inspired by the life of Hamilton during the American Revolution, the libretto includes photographs from the musical, as well as an account of the creation of the musical.

Janis : her life and music 782.4216
by George-Warren, Holly 
This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.

Letting it go 741.5973 K196
by Katin, Miriam 
A Holocaust survivor and mother, Katin's world is turned upside down by the news that her adult son is moving to Berlin, a city she's villainized for the past forty years. What she witnesses firsthand is a city coming to terms with its traumatic past, much as Katin is herself.

Booknotes : life stories : notable biographers on the people who shaped America 920.02
by Lamb, Bian
Collection of essays by various biographers based on interviews originally held on the television program Booknotes.

The story of my life 362.41
by Keller, Helen 
The astonishing original version of Helen Keller, the young girl who triumphed over deafness and blindness, has been out of print for many years and lost to the public. Now, one hundred years after its initial publication, eminent literary scholar Roger Shattuck, in collaboration with Keller biographer Dorothy Herrmann, has reedited the book to reflect more accurately its original composition.

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks 616.02774 L141
by Skloot, Rebecca 
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine.

The secret life of Marilyn Monroe 791.43028 M753
by Taraborrelli, J. Randy 
A profile of the iconic actress explores the roles of the influential women in her life, including her mentally ill mother, in an account that also discusses Monroe's own struggles with mental illness, her estranged father, and the Kennedys.

Becoming 973.932
by Obama, Michelle 
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her.

Poe : a life cut short 818.309 P743
by Ackroyd, Peter 
Explores Poe's literary accomplishments and legacy against the background of his erratic, dramatic, and sometimes sordid life.

American mirror : the life and art of Norman Rockwell 759.13 R684
by Solomon, Deborah 
The long-awaited biography of the defining illustrator of the twentieth century by a celebrated art critic.

Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin 364.1092
by Server, Lee
A singular figure in the annals of the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli’s career flourished for an extraordinary fifty years, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Roaring Twenties--the last protégé of Al Capone―to the modern era of organized crime as a dominant corporate power.

Theodor Seuss Geisel 813.52 S496
by Pease, Donald E.
Pease follows Geisel's life from his childhood in Massachusetts, to his sacking from the editorship of Dartmouth's humor magazine, to the publication of And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street--after 17 rejections--which finally launched him on the career for which he is best known.

Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love  818.5403   
by Shapiro, Dani 
A memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.

Sinatra: the life 782.42164 S615 (LARGE PRINT)
by Summers, Anthony 
The first complete account of a career built on raw talent, sheer willpower--and criminal connections.

Mark Twain : a life 818.409 T969
by Powers, Ron 
Mark Twain's works are a living national treasury, yet somehow, beneath the vast river of literature that he left behind, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the man who became Mark Twain, has receded from view, leaving us with only faint and often trivialized remnants of his towering personality.

John Wayne : the life and legend 791.43028 W359
by Eyman, Scott 
A revelatory biography of the enduringly popular John Wayne that draws on more than 100 interviews as well as exclusive access to the files of Wayne's film production company to answer the question why he became and remains an iconic American figure.

Andrew Wyeth, autobiography 759.13 W979
by Wyeth, Andrew 
Features a reproduction of the paintings and drawings of one of the most notable american artists of the twentieth century.