New Arrivals - Biography
Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore ends when Wes completes his journey from a fatherless delinquent to college graduate and heads off to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. But what happens next? For the next decade, Wes traced a path through some of the most high-pressure workspaces in the world, including as an American student at Oxford after 9/11, a combat officer in Afghanistan, a White House fellow during the tumult of the late Bush years, an Obama organizer during that historic campaign, a Wall Street banker at the cusp of the financial crisis, and finally, back home to Baltimore, working to revitalize that troubled city.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee traces his six-decade career through the cars he has owned, discussing how they are reflecting new understandings about the environmental impact of automobiles.
Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named ?Ada,? after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth century?s version of a rock star, Lord Byron. Why? Because, after computer pioneers such as Alan Turing began to rediscover her, it slowly became apparent that she had been a key but overlooked figure in the invention of the computer. In Ada Lovelace, James Essinger makes the case that the computer age could have started two centuries ago if Lovelace?s contemporaries had recognized her research and fully grasped its implications. It?s a remarkable tale, starting with the outrageous behavior of her father, which made Ada instantly famous upon birth. Ada would go on to overcome numerous obstacles to obtain a level of education typically forbidden to women of her day. She would eventually join forces with Charles Babbage, generally credited with inventing the computer, although as Essinger makes clear, Babbage couldn?t have done it without Lovelace. Indeed, Lovelace wrote what is today considered the world?s first computer program?despite opposition that the principles of science were ?beyond the strength of a woman?s physical power of application.? Based on ten years of research and filled with fascinating characters and observations of the period, not to mention numerous illustrations, Essinger tells Ada?s fascinating story in unprecedented detail to absorbing and inspiring effect.
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady. Also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.
A portrait of the 15th-century peasant-turned-saint that draws on historical facts, folklore and centuries of critical interpretation to evaluate the questions attributed to her character.
"A collection of Don Morreale's YourHub/Examiner.com articles about the life and times of contemporary Coloradans. He writes about artists, athletes, thinkers, helpers, seekers, travelers, and plain folks with unusual personal histories."--from publisher's description.
The former talk-show host and "New York Times" columnist draws on his extensive career to share reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and everyday absurdities.
"Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened? Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the ?u? back in ?aUtobiography?? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born to New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John?s yacht. Choose correctly and you?ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you?ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song"--From publisher description.
The actor reminisces about his Hollywood years, tracing his brushes with the law, military service, long-time marriage, and contributions to such films as "Do the Right Thing," "The Godfather, Part II," and "Moonstruck.".
Drawing on interviews, letters, recordings, and police records, an investigative journalist chronicles the life of "Saturday Night Live" star Phil Hartman, focusing especially on the years and moments leading up to the comedian's murder.
The younger half-brother of the forty-fourth president provides a story of life and identity, recounting his relationship with the commander-in-chief, his family's struggle with domestic violence, and his multi-cultural background.
A portrait of the longest-reigning woman pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Draws on surviving artifacts to consider her unprecedented rise, her achievements, and why most of her monuments were destroyed after her death.
"Amy Jo Burns grew up in Mercury, Pennsylvania, a small, conservative Rust Belt town fallen sleepy a decade after the steel industry's collapse. But the year Amy turned ten, everyone in Mercury woke up. That was the year Howard Lotte, Mercury's beloved piano teacher, was accused of committing indiscretions during his lessons. Among the girls questioned, only seven dared to tell the truth that would ostracize them from the community. Amy Jo Burns was one of the girls who lied. Her memoir, CINDERLAND, navigates the impact that lie had on her adolescent years to follow--tracing all the boys she ran from and toward, the girls she betrayed, and the endless performances she put on to please a town that never trusted girls in the first place"-- Provided by publisher.
The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.
"Glenn Beck provides stories of the people who built America and the people who sought to destroy it"-- Provided by publisher.
Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5th, 1990, his father El-Sayyid Nosair shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center. Though Ebrahim was subjected to a violent, intolerant ideology throughout his childhood, he did not become radicalized. Ebrahim argues that people conditioned to be terrorists are actually well positioned to combat terrorism, because of their ability to bring seemingly incompatible ideologies together in conversation and advocate in the fight for peace. Ebrahim argues that everyone, regardless of their upbringing or circumstances, can learn to tap into their inherent empathy and embrace tolerance over hatred.
An intimate account by the rock music artist that traces his hardscrabble youth in Mexico and early days as a promising guitarist through his influential collaborations with fellow Latin stars.
Traces the career of the star player for the New York Rangers, from his childhood in Saskatchewan to his professional career, and reveals how a series of concussions led to his accidental death and subsequent investigations into systematic violence in contact sports.
Describes the father of pedestrianism's 1909 walk from New York to San Francisco at the dawn of the age of automobiles, and explores what society lost in the shift from foot travel to car travel.
A complete look at the Queen of Soul that chronicles both her troubles and her triumphs over them, from her youth in Detroit as a gospel prodigy to her rise as one of America's greatest musical talents.
With a star that rose from unforgettable child acting roles, such as A. C. Slater in Saved by the Bell, to the forefront of today?s entertainment media, Mario Lopez is nothing short of a pop culture sensation. Now, as he turns forty, Mario looks back on his life with a newfound perspective and a humorous sensibility of how things have changed with age, divulging for the first time the endearing, surprising, and sometimes difficult experiences that shaped him into the loving father and husband he is today.
The author recounts some of his many solo journeys to some of the world's most exotic peaks, told with humor.
One woman's journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory.